|No Country for Sad Men|
By Catherine Larson|Published Date: February 08, 2008
A few years ago, with my pastor and a group of core leaders at my church, we plotted out timelines of our lives. We used a poster board and some multi-colored sticky notes. We listed life events in different colored notes. Green notes were used for periods of significant growth. Purple notes were used for periods of trial or hardship. Pink notes were used for significant milestones. And blue notes were used for the people, books, or films that may have had a significant impact on our thinking or our growth.
What was most interesting about mapping out one's life this way, was to see how often times of significant spiritual growth (the green) came after or in the midst of times of trial or hardship (the purple).
In this light, I find the recent Newsweek article, "Happiness, Enough Already," especially interesting. In the article, the author explores how the recent upsurge in charting the Gross National Happiness Product, or the trend in medicating normal bouts of sadness with anti-depressants, may be circumventing a natural, and healthy part of life--sadness. Here's an excerpt: