Would you like to go on a wonderful journey? It’s a journey of self-discovery, from the inside-out, one that involves pleasant readings through passages that enable you to reflect on where you are and to imagine new possibilities for yourself. I spent four years writing a programmed novel, where you map out and pursue the things in American life that you yearn for. It’s titled, “Finding Happiness in America: a unique American journey of self-discovery.” As you proceed through the voyage you will be headed in the right direction in becoming a better person and to cope in a fast-paced world laden with seemingly overwhelming problems. I’ve learned many useful tactics and broad strategies that make it easier to find happiness in times of despondency, but I can’t take total credit for them. Why? Because I’m merely reiterating the lessons learned from the many children, teens, college students, parents, friends, and educators I’ve counseled and supported over the past 34 years. If you’re willing to take this journey to, ultimately, find happiness, you’ll discover it avoids using a cookbook approach to improving your life. As you journey through the passages, you will feel as if you’re on a personal journey that empowers you to face and conquer the trials and tribulations in your life.
So, join me in this passage to happiness. You have free access to the Family Journal site, where you can get a hold of me on a free, secure contact form, so I can answer questions you may have. You will walk through a learning landscape concerning the issues you face. Whether your story involves family, parenting, educational, social or personal dilemmas, you will experience similar chronicles of others and the healing and self-improvement they acquired in times of strife. I enjoy one of Helen Keller’s sayings, “Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it.”
As you proceed through your personal journey, listen closely to the chronicles of others and then respond well in the activities and exercises that follow. If you listen and reply well, you will achieve the highest perfection in the art of self-improvement and in mending things in your life that need mending.
Over the past 34 years, I’ve listened to others…attentively and reflectively. I took note of the surface content of what they said, but also “listened” to the feelings behind their words, to the deeper substance of what they had to say. Every person I’ve listened to knows more about something than I do and I intend to convey their insights and lessons of life to you. Yes, indeed, it was Socrates who learned centuries ago, before the birth of Christ, that Nature has given us two ears, two eyes, but only one tongue, and to that end we should hear and see more than we speak.
By encouraging others to apply the Finding Happiness process, I empowered many to unearth inner strengths which they never imagined existed! I want to do the same for you. So, begin the journey of inspiration and ideas, one where you will gain insight into ways to improve your life…and the lives of those around you.
Robert Morton, M.Ed., Ed.S. has retired from his positions of school psychologist and adjunct professor in the School of Leadership and Policy Studies at Bowling Green State University. He authored the novel, “Finding Happiness in America: an American journey of self-discovery”. You may contact him on the Secure Contact Form at the Family Journal site.