Are you satisfied with yourself?
Are you well in spite of gout, rheumatism, diabetes, and financial problems?
Are you well even though you see people everywhere who are more successful or apparently happier than you?
Do you enjoy the patter of rain against the window even though your outing with the wheelchair has to be cancelled today?
Do you live as a foreigner among people who do not like you but still see the humanity in them and wish them well?
Would you have liked to go to university like others did but were unable to do so because of your grades?
Do you care little about car bombs occasionally detonating in your city? Do you know your enemies because you can see the desperation that wants to be appeased behind their angry eyes?
Are your neighbors always noisy yet you smile content and happily when you meet them on the staircase? Such nice people, they always greet you!
Are you content? If yes, you are serene and always at an advantage and you have found the meaning of life and balance within yourself.
© 2011 Hans-Jürgen John