All we need for happiness is right in front of us

If we focus only on the things that haven’t been done and ignore the little things that bring joy to our lives, we will find ourselves in a rut. If we are constantly thinking of where we’d rather be living, or the job we’d rather have, or the work that still needs to be completed, we’ll wake up one day and realize all we’ve needed for happiness has been right in front of us. We don’t want to wait to enjoy what we already have.

It is easy to resist taking care of oneself if we run at full speed as though we are the only one who can get things done. We all need to set priorities, making sure we focus on Christ and not let that which is transitory rule our lives. If we pay attention to our health, family and spiritual life, everything else will take care of itself. We shouldn’t let life be so full of work that we don’t have time to focus on the things that bring us joy. We must pay attention when the Lord is calling us to slow down.

With love in Christ,
Abbot Tryphon

Photos: While in Clinton, Mississippi, our Monk Peter’s parents (Mike and Pam Luckett, pictured below) took me for dinner at Yia Yia’s Greek Restaurant. The owners are readers of my blog articles. Best Greek food I’ve had since my visit to Greece, back in 1989. I blessed them with the holy myrrh from the Miraculous Myrrh Streaming Icon of the Mother of God of Hawaii.

Monday October 28, 2019 / October 15, 2019
20th Week after Pentecost. Tone two.
Venerable Euthymius the New of Thessalonica, monk of Mt. Athos (889).
Martyr Lucian, presbyter of Greater Antioch (312).
New Hieromartyr Simeon priest (1918).
New Hieromartyr Valerian Novitsky, priest of Telyadovich (1930).
New Hieromartyr Demetrius priest (1942).
St. Athanasius (Sakharov) the Confessor, bishop of Kovrov (1962).
Synaxis of Twenty-three New Martyrs of Belorussia: archbisop Seraphim (Shakhmut), archpriest Alexander Shalay, archpriest Vladimir Zubkov, archpriest Vladimir Izmajlov, archpriest Vladimir Pasternatsky, archpriest Vladimir Khirasko, archpriest Demetrius Pavsky, archpriest John Voronec, archpriest Leonod Biriukovich, archpriest Mathew Kritsuk, archpriest Michael Novitsky, archpriest Michael Polishevsky, archpriest Porfiry Rubanovich, archpriest Sergius Rodakovsky, priest Valerian Novitsky, priest Vladimir Taliush, priest Vladimir Khrischanovich, priest Demetrius Polyshevsky, priest John Vecherko, priest John Pankratovich, priest Nicholas Matskevich, priest Peter Grudinsky and deacon Nicholas Vasiukovich.
St. John, bishop of Suzdal (1385).
Hieromartyr Lucian, presbyter of the Kiev Caves (1243).
Martyrs Sarbelus and Bebai (Barbea) of Edessa (2nd c.).
St. Sabinus, bishop of Catania (760).
Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos “She Who Ripens the Grain” (19th c.).
St. Dionysius, archbishop of Suzdal (1373).
St. Barses the Confessor, bishop of Edessa (378).
St. Thecla, abbess of Ochsenfurt ( 790) (Germany).
St. Aurelia of Strasburg (Alsace) (383) (Gaul).

I am so grateful for the kindnesses extended to me during my time in Mississippi, by Father Paul Yerger, and the parishioners of Holy Resurrection Church, as well as the attendees of the PanOrthodox Women’s Retreat. May the Lord bless them all. Abbot Tryphon

The Scripture Readings

Philippians 2:12-16

Light Bearers

12 Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; 13 for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.

14 Do all things without complaining and disputing, 15 that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, 16 holding fast the word of life, so that I may rejoice in the day of Christ that I have not run in vain or labored in vain.

Luke 9:18-22

Peter Confesses Jesus as the Christ

18 And it happened, as He was alone praying, that His disciples joined Him, and He asked them, saying, “Who do the crowds say that I am?”

19 So they answered and said, “John the Baptist, but some say Elijah; and others say that one of the old prophets has risen again.”

20 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”

Peter answered and said, “The Christ of God.”

Jesus Predicts His Death and Resurrection

21 And He strictly warned and commanded them to tell this to no one, 22 saying, “The Son of Man must suffer many things, and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised the third day.”

Abbot Tryphon

About Abbot Tryphon

The Very. Rev. Abbot Tryphon is Igumen of All-Merciful Saviour Monastery on Vashon Island, Washington. Situated in the heart of a beautiful forest, surrounded by the Salish Sea, the monastery is reached by ferry from either Seattle, or Tacoma, Washington.


  1. Hi, Could you please email me the information about the trip to the Holy Land with Abbot Tryphon?
    Thank you very much!

  2. Instead of getting into a rut and just sitting in the doldrums wondering if the grass is greener on the other side, one could practice using discernment especially if considering a big life change or other. Through this discernment, we can learn to appreciate what we have but also if it is God calling us to a new experience. Remaining frustrated, bored or provoked isn’t the same as using discernment – even consult a good priest/monk, friend/relative. Pray and take time to discern. God speaks to us in Scriptures as well – these are all better alternatives. God bless!

  3. Father Tryphon,
    Very occasionally I copy and paste (always with your signature crediting you as the author) one of your blog posts so I can return to it and continue to learn the message it contains. This is one of those posts. I give thanks for the joy you bring to so many people through Christ. May we all “Bloom where we’re planted”. Praying for you to have a safe trip home to the monastery today.

  4. Thank you for sharing these reminders, Fr. Tryphon. A bout of illness, the death of a dear (Christian) friend, the impending death of another — these experiences are hammering home my need to constantly pray but also constantly seek whatever of delight or joy may be present.

    Safe travels back to the monastery!

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