Happiness is a front

A Volkswagen bug is a car that brings smiles to people. I noticed this every time I went for a drive in the one I used to have. I think it brings back good memories from their childhood. I also think there’s something special and soothing about the shape, all curves and no angles.

But the new Volkswagen bug is very difficult to repair.  It isn’t as easy as the original ones were. Apparently you have to take almost the entire engine apart in order to fix anything. The designers who created it didn’t think that it would ever break down, so they didn’t make it easy to repair.  This means it costs hundreds of dollars in labor every time I had to take it in. So behind the smiles there was lot of pain for me.   The bystanders don’t know this.

This is very true for a lot of happy people. They aren’t happy because nothing bad has happened to them. They’re happy because bad things have happened to them and they’ve grown through them and because of them. The bad things made them stronger.  Other people see their happiness and it spreads to them.  Meanwhile, they don’t know how much work was required to get to that point. They think it is easy, when that is the furthest thing from the truth.

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About betsybeadhead

Hello, and Welcome. My name is Betsy, and I like beads and prayers. Fortunately those two things are more related than I ever realized. You are invited to “like” my Facebook page titled “Betsy Beadhead” and thus see what I’m talking about in my posts when I try to explain something using beads rather than words. This whole thing started because of that. Then I couldn't figure out how to post pictures so I just started writing. I string together words the same way I string together beads, and both serve the same purpose. I work at a library, surrounded by ideas brushing up against each other. I draw, paint, and collage. I study world religions. In all these experiences I like combining different things and making new things, and stretching my understanding of what “is” and what “has to be.” You are welcome to share my posts - just please give credit where credit is due. I'm anti-censorship but I'm also anti-plagiarism.
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