Once there was a man
who wished he could be happy
and be on top of the world.
Every morning he would get up and
look out the window and see his neighbor
who always had a smile on his face
and walked with a bounce in his step.
He always seemed so happy.
The man was envious of his neighbor.
”How can he be so upbeat and happy?” he thought.
”How can he be on top of the world every day
when there are so many problems,
so many things to be concerned about?”
One day he could stand it no longer.
He went to his neighbor and said,
”You always seem so happy, so upbeat,
like you are on top of the world all the time.
How do you do it? What is your secret?”
The neighbor looked at the man and said,
”My friend, just look at you.
You’re all bent over with burdens.
You’re weighed down with worries.
How can you be on top of the world
when you are carrying it on your shoulders?”
The man was stunned.
He went back to his house and looked in the mirror.
He was indeed all bent over.
His neighbor was right.
”Just look at me,” he thought.
”I never realized how I let worry and concerns
weigh me down like this.”
“I will change how I look at things.
I will let go of things I can do nothing about
and focus only on things I have some control over.”
And so he did.
It wasn’t easy but the man’s life changed,
and in time he went to his neighbor.
”Let’s go on a walk together,” he said
And so they did.
They both had a smile on their face
and a bounce in their step.
They sang and rejoiced as they walked.
The sun was shining and birds were singing
and there was a rainbow along the way.
Both men were on top of the world.