Bill Belew has raised 2 bi-cultural kids, now 34 and 30. And he and his wife are now parenting a 3rd, Mia, who is 8.

Not Happy Eeyore

Not Happy Eeyore

“I was so upset, I forgot to be happy.” – Eeyore, Winnie the Pooh

Today in church the preacher said, “If ignorance is bliss, then why are there so many unhappy people?”

Does he want to say that there are a lot of ignorant people?

Eeyore is unhappy. Does that mean Eeyore is ignorant.

Or maybe Eeyore is not unhappy. He is just not happy. It’s not the same. Or is it.

The lesson Eeyore is teaching me here I think is that sometimes people are so wrapped up in their misery and unfortunate circumstances that they forget to be happy.

Sometimes it is just a brief period of time that is problematic. Still people forget to be happy.

And sometimes it’s just one event. And even still people will think that the world is coming to an end and there is no longer any reason to be happy.

I suppose that if we thought about it enough we would realize that there is always something for us to be happy about.

My daddy is old. (Ed. Huh?)

His friend told him that at their age there is so much going on around him that there is bound to be something that is not going right at any given time. But that is not a reason to lose the big picture. There is always something to be happy about.

And there is usually more to be happy about than to be upset about.

I hope I am never so upset that I forget to be happy.

Does that happen to you sometimes?

Talk to Bill and others about their experiences raising bi-cultural Japanese-American kids.

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