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Dr. Jin Robertson Dr. Jin Robertson joyous author. inspiring speaker. dream accomplisher.

Dr. Jin Robertson has been a factory laborer, an immigrant housemaid, a battered wife, and a U.S. army major. Jin received her M.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard University. She is an international inspirational speaker and bestselling author. [www.drjinrobertson.com]

Happiness is not far away from us. We can always find happiness. Even in the smallest things, with only spare moments to smell the roses.

I believe that happiness and success in life depend on how well we utilize our available resources. No one knows how much effort is required or the price we must pay in that endeavor. I think that’s why people easily give up when the road gets too tough. Throughout many tough times in my past, I was often tempted to give up too. Luckily, I didn’t. Now I’m enjoying happy successes. The best part is that my happy fever is contagious, spreading and creating more.

Consequently, I’m grateful for the nightmarish times of my childhood. I detested getting up in the dark of the morning to prepare breakfast. Walking out half-asleep into a dark yard veiled by white breath, the unbearable cold wintry air slapping me in the face. I wished the whole thing was just a bad dream.

But the anger I discovered within myself towards the harsh reality and discrimination aroused rebellion in my heart. I wanted to become a justice seeker and prove that even a poor girl from the countryside could achieve something big. I desperately wanted to succeed. When my reality sharply departed from my dream, I refused to compromise. I would not allow myself to stop fighting against the unacceptable truth. I later realized that those four years of struggle formed a strong foundation for my hope and courage for my dreams.

Even then, I enjoyed moments of genuine happiness. On summer nights, I would lie down comfortably on a flat, square, wooden bench, indulging in the gentle night breeze. A few neighbors and friends would join my family on that bench. I would look long and hard into the vast night sky, filled with stars, scattered across the limitless space. The darker the surroundings were, the brighter they twinkled. Those stars inspired me to become just like them—proudly shining, high in the sky.

We can find happiness anytime only if we stop ignoring it. Finding the seeds of happiness scattered around and planting them to bloom into flowers, that is the task for us who want a happy life.

– Dr. Jin Robertson

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