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Classmates, Friends, teachers, ladies and gentleman, lend me your ears. I’m standing here in front of you to express my deep sympathy and sorrow to those people who commits suicide, to those who doesn’t value their life and to those who is lives in their past. Ladies and gentleman, let me say this to you. That you can be happy if you will only choose to be. But if you choose to be sad and stay with all the negative things here on Earth you will be like a zombie. You are alive but you are not living! Hmm.. sounds creepy, right? Yes! It is indeed true that 90 percent of your happiness depends on how you react on things and ladies and gentleman do not forget that it does not depend on the situation you are in. Let me share to you the 90/10 principle. It states that 10 percent of your happiness is automatic depending on the situation you are experiencing. Where’s the 90 percent? Well, it comes from how you react on things! Do you agree? Do you want to be happy? Sure, you can be. You want to be unhappy? Of course you can be. It is your choice. There are a lot of things that we cannot control in our lives.

Yet, depending on our choices, we can still be happy in spite of what is happening around us. You see different person from very similar situation but with very different reaction. The other could be very happy, the other could not be. Happiness is a choice. Yes, indeed it is a choice. No one is exempted to the failures, misfortunes, and problems here on Earth. But here’s the thing, God did not give you that problem if he knows you cannot overcome it. Instead of always complaining about it, thank God for the challenge he has trusted you to overcome.

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This may sounds funny to you but I always do this to people, who are experiencing suffering, pain and problems in their lives, I always remind them a verse in the bible that states, give your burdens to the Lord, and he will take care of you, Psalm55:22. This only proves that we must not carry all the burdens, problems we are experiencing right now. Just trust in the Lord and do not lean on your own understanding. We are created by God as a human with imperfections and that we cannot control all the things here on Earth.

The only thing we can do to those things that are out of our control and power is to surrender it all to God. Life is full of miracles. And if you expect a lot, expect also that there is always disappointment but that does not matter anymore because the good thing there is, you already know how to deal with life. Laugh, cry, sigh, but don’t forget to smile again. Laugh at your mistakes. Do not be too hard on yourself. Everything here on Earth is temporary so be happy for everything. If you are experiencing suffering at this moment just think of this “everything is temporary”.

This Earth is permanent and all things here will come to pass by. Thus, instead of complaining, thank God for he is just molding you to be a better person than you are today. Thank God for every breath you take and for every heartbeat. Praise God for all the sufferings, who knows? It is just a blessing in disguise. You may not understand it now but when time comes you will realize how better his plan is for you than what you are planning for yourself. Be happy! And always be thankful for everything has a reason. Always put in your mind that happiness is your choice!

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