Mother Theresa is the world’s picture of self-sacrifice. She gave of herself freely and willingly all her life to affect the lives of those who were the poorest and most destitute in the world. She did so, without reservation, because it was her calling. She did so, at times, even without faith in God. She sacrificed tirelessly.
So I asked myself, reading this book, was Mother Theresa happy? She wore a simple smile. But knowing now how she struggled with her faith, I wondered, deep inside, did her work make her happy? (Knowing a bit about her, I’m sure Mother Theresa would say that happiness is something only God can provide, and that we shouldn’t focus at all on human happiness, but go with me here….)
Then, I asked myself, Would I be willing to make the kind of sacrifices Mother Theresa made?…….and what for? Would I make those sacrifices for my family, for my nieces and nephew, for my husband? Sure I would. I would sacrifice everything I had, believed, wanted, to ensure their safety and happiness. But then comes the questions I asked about Mother Theresa….what about my happiness?
That’s a question we all have to ask ourselves. If we would sacrifice ourselves for the happiness of others, why do we so often forget about our own happiness? And why are we so reluctant to sacrifice for our own happiness? Are there pieces of your life that are not contributing to your happiness? And could you sacrifice them to help you reach a higher level of happiness? Of course, we can’t all sacrifice in the way Mother Teresa did (I guess that’s why she’s now a Saint, right?). But we can make sacrifices for our own happiness daily. Say no when you don’t want to go to an event to take care of your health. Say yes when a friend needs you and you can give freely of yourself. Change your plans to spend more quality time with yourself – or with your family. Do what you need to do to ensure your sacrifices are for the right things, and the right reasons – that they make you healthier and happier.