Happiness is Enjoying the Little Things in Life

From time to time you need some inspiration to make the day a good day. I came across a quote from Pope Francis, he said: “Rivers do not drink their own water; trees do not eat their own fruit; the sun does not shine on itself and flowers do not spread their fragrance for themselves. Living for others is a rule of nature. We are all born to help each other. No matter how difficult it is … Life is good when you are happy; but much better when others are happy because of YOU.”

So here are some tips:
• Smile
• Say thank you
• Help carry something
• Send an email which will make people smile
• Give someone a flower
• Cook a nice meal
• Buy a coffee for someone
• Praise someone publicly
• Spend time with someone you don’t know
• Be happy yourself

Mother Teresa of Calcutta provided three great pearls of wisdom;

First, “If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one.”
“Never be overwhelmed by the magnitude of circumstances, just take it one at the time.”
“There are no great things, only small things with great love. Happy are those.” “Look for the little things in life that make a difference.”
And lastly, “We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop”

So as we come to the end of this term, after another tough 10 weeks of school amidst this global pandemic, I simply say thank you to all students for remaining focused, for being trusting of their teachers, for being supportive of one other, for making the most of every day and each opportunity and to continue to shine and make each day a better day. To all the staff, well done on your commitment to set the example, every simple action that has made a difference was noticed. You had your colleagues’ backs and you continued to smile and make each day worthwhile.

Cardijn College is a unique place where every person matters and where we see many happy faces but most importantly, I come to school each day because YOU make me happy.

Have a safe and happy Term 3 holiday!

Dr Paul Rijken is principal of Cardijn College, a Catholic secondary co-educational school (R-12) in the southern region of Adelaide with a total of 1750 students and 170 staff. Marcellin is a campus of Cardijn College. It provides students in Years 10 to 12 with SACE, training and apprenticeships. It has an enrolment of over 170 students and 30 staff. Galilee is the newest campus of Cardijn College offering R-7, with plans to expand the middle school to Year 9 by 2023. Paul has been the principal at Cardijn College since 2005. He has a Ph.D. from Curtin University in Science and Mathematics Education. He is a Fellow of the Australian College of Educational Leaders.

3 comments on “Happiness is Enjoying the Little Things in Life

  1. Beautiful post……and so very true


  2. A beautiful post……and so true



    Good comments Paul. While we are told “not to sweat the small stuff” it is the small , momentary gestures the other way that can all the difference in a life journet as Herman Lombaerts observed so long ago with his idea of a “teachable moment” Cardijn clearly preceded this idea whn he said the agenda od a group immediately changed with the entry of new member with a fresh perspective .


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