Wednesday, December 19, 2007


Miniature ship model - “Imagine for yourself a character, a model personality, whose example you determine to follow, in private as well as in public.”

Someone said this about happiness:

To be happy for an hour -- take a nap.
To be happy for a day -- go shopping.
To be happy for a week -- take a vacation.
To be happy for a month -- get married.
To be happy for a year -- inherit a fortune.
To be happy for a lifetime -- help others.

You and I may argue with a couple of points on that list, but the
author is exactly right about how to be happy for the rest of
your life. Lasting contentment can always be found in helping
others. It is truly a secret that many people have never

Marion Preminger stumbled upon it and wrote about where lasting
is to be found in her autobiography ALL I WANT IS
EVERYTHING. Born in Hungary in 1913, Marion was raised in a
castle, surrounded by wealth, servants and the notoriety of an
aristocratic upbringing.

At a Viennese ball, she met a handsome young man, the son of an
Italian doctor. They rushed into a marriage that lasted only a

She returned to Vienna to embark on a career of acting. There she
fell in love with the German director Otto Preminger. They
married and she followed him to America where he began a
promising career as a Hollywood movie director. But her new
Hollywood lifestyle could not sustain her marriage and Preminger
eventually divorced her.

Marion returned to Europe to live the life of a Parisian
socialite until 1948. Then everything changed when she read that
Dr. Albert Schweitzer was visiting Europe from his home in
Africa. She determined to meet with the notable missionary doctor.

She first encountered Schweitzer doing one of the things he loved
to do best while visiting Europe -- playing a church organ for
his own enjoyment. He invited her to dine with him. After the
meal, Marion knew she had finally found what she'd been looking
for. She accompanied Schweitzer every day during the remainder of
his European visit. He invited Marion to come back to Africa with him
and work as an untrained staff member in the Lamberene hospital.

She left her life of status and ease and moved to Africa.
Once there, the girl who was raised like a princess became a servant.
She changed bandages, bathed bodies and fed lepers. She gave her life
away to the poor and, because of it, found the happiness she'd craved
for so long.

It was Albert Schweitzer who asserted, "One thing I know: the
only ones among you who will be really happy are those who will
have sought and found how to serve."

However, wherever and whomever you choose to help is unimportant.
There are those in need everywhere. But when you figure out how
to sincerely serve other people, you'll have also learned how to be
happy for a lifetime.

From Lifesupport.

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