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There's Joy in Knowing the Truth

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As we walked down the street, a thought struck me. Had I just screwed up?

I quickly checked in my wallet. Yes, there was way less money there than there should be. I also knew where I'd made the mistake - I hadn't counted my change from the restaurant we'd just left.

Luiza and I had just had a bite to eat, paid for with a hundred pound note. Yet they'd only given me change for ten pounds. I was ninety pounds short! And many years ago, in London, England, ninety pounds was a sizeble sum.

Straight Back to the Restaurant
We went straight back to the restaurant, stopping neither to Pass Go nor Collect 200. Megan, our waitress was there, as was the cashier, and we explained the problem.

Our waitress Megan was sympathetic yet I was surprised to find the cashier was hostile. She was totally uninterested in our missing money, she neither wanted to refund us nor to accept any responsibility for short-changing us. But Megan was honest, she confirmed she could check up on our story.

Right then, even though it was the middle of the day, she checked the till balance by cashing up. As expected, it showed the till had around ninety pounds too much, confirming our plight.

The Till had our Missing Money

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The hostile cashier wasn't convinced and tried to persuade Megan not to give us the money. But fortunately, Megan was totally honest, and just ignored her. She realized the restaurant had made a mistake, and gave us our missing ninety pounds back.

Were we delighted? Indeed. We definitely had some trepidation as the hostile waitress attempted to persuade Megan not to refund our missing money. Actually, pure joy is a better description of the feeling I had when Megan recognized the truth, over-ruled the hostile cashier, and refunded us our money.

The joy as well as the relief showed clearly on my face. It was almost tangible.

But was this Joy or Happiness?

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Yet was this joy, a real reflection of my internal state? Or was it happiness, which arises from the outside circumstances? The problem with happiness is that it depends on the external situation. Other people will change, as will your situation, and since neither are completely under your control, your happiness will also change.

Far better to realize you have a fundamental choice to make, and choose to view things positively rather than negatively. You make this choice every time you react or respond to any change in your circumstances. Being positive, and choosing to look for the positive no matter what happens, will ensure that your internal stance is joyous rather than depressed.

Remember you can always
choose to take the high road rather than the low road.

The Joy of Truth

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The Truth and Reconciliation Commission set up by former South African President Nelson Mandela, gave closure to the many on both sides who lost loved ones during the apartheid struggle for independence. The truth process - know the truth and the truth will set you free - has given relief to millions, allowing them to grieve for their lost ones and once again come to enjoy their lives.

Know the truth and the truth will set you free is not an obsolete esoteric maxim, it's a factual description of an actual real process. One of the many little-known natural laws by which the world works. Start by telling yourself the
truth, and watch your joy and your inner power begin to grow.

Food for Thought

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"Joy in looking and comprehending is nature's most beautiful gift."

- Albert Einstein, (1879-1955), Nobel Prize-winner, Nuclear Physicist, and Author.
Widely regarded as one of the most influential scientists and intellectuals of all time.

"Joy comes when we stop judging the world as wrong,
when we let go of all our 'shoulds'!"

- unidentified author

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