One of the things that helps me tremendously when it comes to writing and producing two hundred and sixty radio programs a year, is the amount of wonderful suggestions, ideas, and material that are sent to me by listeners. And I sincerely appreciate it.
For example: I was sent a little pamphlet called, “Adventure in Truth” published by the Unity Temple of Detroit. In it I found a terrific message called, “An Inside Job” and it points out that:
“Whenever man finds himself feeling upset or depressed, when he is experiencing inharmony of mind or body, when he has difficulty in getting along with people or in achieving success in a given field, he unquestioningly assumes that the cause most certainly lies in his environment – in people who don’t like him or who are trying to get the best of him, in situations beyond his control, in the curse of bad luck, or even in some mysterious action of the will of God.” If you have had this feeling or even feel it now, you would not be further from the truth.
For example: Within the teachings of Jesus we find an idea that is so important that you can never make head nor tail out of religion nor understand the meaning of life until we realize it – and it is this: “There is nothing from without the man that going into him can defile him; but the things which proceed out of the man are those that defile the man…” What He was saying is, “Don’t be fooled by the appearance of things. Whatever the trouble may be in the world around you, the cause of the difficulty may be found within yourself. It is an inside job.”
Thinking men and women of all ages have known this. Emerson wrote: “Shallow men believe in luck, wise and strong men in cause and effect.” Shakespeare says: “The fault dear Brutus, is not in the stars, but in ourselves that we are underlings.” And the contemporary Elsie Robinson states: “Things may happen around you and things may happen to you, but the only things that really count are the things that happen in you.”
The article goes on to say that: “Happiness is an inside job. The poet confidently sings, ‘The world is so full of a number of things, I’m sure we should all be as happy as kings.’” However, we are not all as happy as kings, and certainly not all kings are happy; because happiness does not come simply by seeing or even possessing the number of things the world is so full of. Happiness comes by cultivating something within ourselves that enables us to appreciate “the number of things.” Happiness is an inside job.
And what of unhappiness? You may think you are unhappy because your environment is unharmonious, because your affairs are muddled and your supply is limited. Actually, “it is the things that proceed out of the man that defile him.”
Abraham Lincoln had the answer when he said… “Every man is just about as happy as he makes up his mind to be.”