“The greater part of our happiness or misery depends on our disposition and not on our circumstances. We carry the seeds of the one or the other about with us in our minds wherever we go.” — Martha Washington
“We are all given the ingredients of happiness, but the mixing is left to ourselves.” — Ethel M. Dell
“Happiness lies in the consciousness we have of it.” — George Sand
“I make the most of all that comes, the least of all that goes.” — Sara Teasdale
A short time ago, several Indianapolis Woman staff members were invited to a breakfast benefiting Rock Steady Boxing. All I knew was that my dear friend, Scott Newman, was somehow involved — that he had Parkinson’s disease and had been greatly helped by the program.
I first met Scott years ago when he was the Marion County prosecutor, and he called me to ask for my help in reaching women with an important message about their safety. I asked Scott to write an open letter to our readers with details regarding this matter. It was deeply touching to realize not only his desire but his ability to make necessary changes to keep women in our community safe. There have been a few times over the years when I have needed his sage advice — and he always came through.
The breakfast was our chance to be there for him. We all came away with a very upbeat feeling as we experienced the cheerfulness exhibited by Rock Steady Boxing Executive Director Joyce Johnson and her staff. I realized how happy I was seeing firsthand the amazing attitudes and results created by this boxing program. I believe you will share the happiness created here. You’ll find her story on page 30.
Roxy Cooper’s story (page 36) is another example of finding happiness under extreme circumstances. Born 77 days premature, she’s faced many surgeries and daily struggles, and yet Roxy creates laughter and color wherever she goes. I had the opportunity recently to see her beaming as she walked the runway in the NFL Players’ Wives Fashion Show at Saks Fifth Avenue.
Agnes Repplier sums it up in this quote: “It’s not easy to find happiness in ourselves, and it’s not possible to find it elsewhere.”
May you create your own happiness with a positive disposition as you face difficult circumstances.
Mary B. Weiss