In 2008, I was invited to be part of a small crew filming a documentary in Cambodia. During the trip my eyes were opened to many poverty stricken issues, one being prostitution. This undoubtedly was the impetus behind my volunteer work at Streetlight, an orphanage for underage prostitutes. But I’ll save that for another day.
The idea of the documentary was to capture a story that revealed how certain political choices US leaders made to assist in dissolving the Khmer Rouge Regime, positively impacted the lives of the Cambodian people. This required interviews with those that had suffered during what is now referred to as the Cambodian Holocaust. One after another, the hostess would ask the same questions. And one after another, they fell short of fulfilling our mission.
You see, the people of Cambodia are Buddhists. And many of them believe what happened, happened for a reason. Now, I’m not saying I agree or that their karmic faith is the right way to believe, but what I did notice about the majority of the victims is that they were happy. Here I am overseeing an interview with a woman who has lost her leg. She lives in a hut with mud floors and works twelve hours a day, six days a week at a job most Americans would consider beneath them, and yet her smile posses the innocent bliss of a child.
Needless to say, the documentary didn’t pan out, but the people of Cambodia taught me that happiness IS a choice. And it took me another five years of personal exploration with a gradual ‘spiritual cleansing’, to find out they were 100% right.
What’s stopping you from choosing to be happy right now? Find out! The journey may be a daily struggle. But it’s worth it.
Peace and punches!
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