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Friday, 26 February 2016 18:25

By Lori Pankonin


Don’t worry… Be happy! Bobby McFerrin’s happiness song dates back to 1988 and it still brings me a refreshing reminder. Where does worry get us over being happy?

“In every life we have some trouble. When you worry, you make it double. Don’t worry. Be happy!” So go the words to a comforting tune that still rings solid in my memory 28 years after the song became popular.

That was the year our precious youngest daughter was born, also a time when a pituitary tumor was discovered in my head and a major part of the skin on my nose was replaced with a graft from my ear due to skin cancer. Don’t worry! Be happy!

Happiness! What a great mood to experience every single day.

Are we dealt some cards in life that we would just as soon bypass? Absolutely! Does it ever help to work ourselves into a dither over the worry they stir up? Never! At least not in my book.

Does that mean I never worry? Ha! It’s a weakness that I’ll forever work on. But the more I strive to look for the silver lining in absolutely any devastating situation, no matter how devastating, the more I experience happiness.

“Because I’m happy…. Clap along if you feel like a room without a roof. Clap along if you feel like happiness is the truth. Clap along if you know what happiness is to you. Clap along if you feel like that’s what you wanna do. Because I’m happy…“

So go the words from Pharrell Williams’ invigorating song, “Happy,” from the Despicable Me 2 sound track released in 2013. It topped charts in more than 75 countries, affecting all ages. I find it hard not to cheer up, clap and even dance when I hear that song. Because I’m happy…!

Scripture offered guidance to avoid worry long before popular songs. Check out Philippians 4:6-7 and Matthew 6:25 and 34.

What makes you happy? Do you allow sadness to prevail? If so, you have authority over making choices to change that. You. It’s your choice.

Self-pity, anger, jealousy, tension, sadness. Such emotions can easily be the more natural directions to take when life turns upside down.

Illness, death, betrayal, pain, injury, financial struggles, job loss, unfairness. They can be gut-wrenching and heartbreaking. But no part of worry and dwelling on the negative make them better.

We’ve all heard of those folks who grew up in terribly unfortunate and unloved circumstances. Yet they take the high road and succeed, anxious to share happiness with others.

Then there are those who seem to have it all that choose a direction of doom. They continue to go deeper and deeper in drudgery, taking others down with them.

Who has control over that choice in your life? You. You and only you.

Don’t worry… Be happy!

LORI PANKONIN is co-publisher of Johnson Publications newspapers in Imperial, Wauneta and Grant, and part-owner of the Holyoke Enterprise in Holyoke, Colo. E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Last Updated on Friday, 26 February 2016 18:25