Our daughter in law has just returned from a trip to Zambia – meeting with many people who have so little – and had travelled many miles in order to receive training and encouragement – that they would then take back to their various villages.
She sent videos and photos – as we can so easily do these days – and I was struck – as always – by the happiness that pours out from them all.
Having had experience of working in Africa for a number of years – I know that this happiness is not simply ‘put on for the camera’ – it’s genuine! – and – I’ve always found it humbling too.
It’s strange that – those with so little seem to be more content than many who have much.
I love these pictures – truly depicting happiness with what they have – whatever their situation.
There surely is enough stress in this life – without stressing over what we do not have – how much easier – and simpler life would be – if we could learn to be truly content.
I’m reminded of a verse from the Bible – when Paul writes of learning that – ‘whatever situation he finds himself in – he is content.’
A lesson we could all do with learning – and we would- I believe – be happier for that.
Surely my content – springs up from deep within me- richness of the soul
Why then should I strive – simply for material gain – when I am content
So I will not strive – but be happy with my lot – and so I am rich