I remember reading this book in middle school. At the time, it was a class assignment and my opinion on it was like every other class assignment, blah blah blah. Fast forward to the present era where I love to collect books. I especially look for 1920-ish -1940-ish first editions. Nobody wants to read those old books. Nobody but me. There was a certain mind set back then, that peaks my interest. We began to question how much control is too much control. Self help books were a big hit, and everyone was depressed. There is knowledge in these books that is not taught today.
So a couple of years ago I found a 1949 edition for $5.00 online. I began to read it again for the first time. This time I actually wanted to experience the book. The more I read this book, the more I could actually see this happening around me. Media has become Big Brother. Media is the Newspeak.
This book is a cautionary tale of a time and place that has the probability of becoming reality. Allowing someone to control our lives will not bring happiness. We control our happiness. Sometimes we need to step back and take a look at what we are doing. We need to ask “Why are we doing it?” We should never do something for the sake of doing it. That’s how people get taken advantage of. History has taught us this time and time again.
It may sound crazy, but I even questioned why I got angry or upset at other people’s actions. I learnt that I was wasting a lot of energy getting upset over something that I could not control. This is not a healthy path to happiness. Yes, people still do things that annoy me, but I no longer get upset. Like water on a duck’s back, I let it roll right off. It took some practice, but I got it down pretty good. I am the only person responsible for my happiness. If I am not happy, it’s my fault. The manner in which I handle every situation is in my hands. It’s call taking responsibility.
You have the choice to be happy. Happiness is not something to pursue. It’s a state of being. All that you have to do is choose to be happy. Choose how you will react. In doing so you will become a role model for others. Everyone wants to be happy.
Thank you for taking the time to read, and may we always be in control of our happiness.