You don't have to feel guilty about being happy

Euri Giles | Clareifi

Who’s lesson is it anyway?

I started writing a post about how there were so many different bad, or sad things going on all around me, and I was stressed out and overwhelmed.

I was going to write about why I haven’t had time to write because of all of the different directions that life has taken me over the past few months.

I was going to write about the lessons learned and say cliche things like… Everything happens for a reason, or Every cloud has a silver lining. And then I would sum it all up by telling you that the moral of the story is… best summed up by a quote from a legendary right fielder for the Pittsburgh Pirates…

If you have an opportunity to make things better and you don’t, then you are wasting your time on earth.
- Roberto Clemente

But then I really thought about that…

I’ve sometimes felt guilty about being happy.

I don’t need to do that. In some circumstances within my family circles, work circles, I am in a position to make things better. So that’s what I’m going to do. Yeah, things are getting really bad with dad’s Alzheimer’s right now, but I started Clareifi to honor him, not to cry, and not to quit when I ran up against an obstacle. What would dad want? My dad always had a way of making everything fun, both of my parents did. Through good times and bad times there were lessons learned, memories made. If you can look back and smile because you know you learned something about who you are, and why you do, say, think, and feel the things you do. Then everything is as it should be.

I realized that the tone I’ve expressed in my writing at times can be really depressing. The truth is… Bad things happen to good people all the time. As my mom would say… “Get over it”.

Cliche? Maybe. But…

These are the Lessons I’ve learned…

Stay tuned.

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Euri Giles covers lifestyle content and news in Texas ranging from parenting, and food to politics.

El Paso, TX

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