After losing his house and job, 46-year-old single father Johnny is wondering if happiness is even possible anymore. He poses that question to author and spiritual teacher Rev. Ed Bacon when the pair meet in Venice Beach on the new OWN special, "Help Desk."
Johnny tells Rev. Bacon he recently divorced and has two beautiful daughters. "I lost my home during foreclosure and then I lost my job. And really, my question coming here today is about, will I find my center again? Will I find my happiness again?"
"What's the answer?" Rev. Bacon asks him.
"Yes!" Johnny says, as Rev. Bacon laughs and gives him a high five.
Though Johnny has a positive outlook, he says he's not just asking the question for himself. "Because I know that I'm not the only one struggling," Johnny says
"Precisely," Rev. Bacon agrees. "I mean, my contribution to the conversation that you're having with yourself is, of course you're going to find your center again. And it's important to understand that it's not going to be the center you had. You are not going to return to the life you had, being married, a family of four with that particular job, da da dah. It's gone. It's history."
"Your kids need to see a father who's moving forward," Rev. Bacon says as Johnny nods. "Because the way they will learn to move forward in their lives is because they have a dad who doesn't preach that to them, but who embodies it. And they need to see that despite all of these compounded problems that you named, that by God -- you are moving forward."
"Moving forward is one of the keys to life," Rev. Bacon continues. "If you don't stay functional and keep moving forward, persevering with hope, then you will deprive yourself of the energy and also the creativity that you need to imagine your future."
"I know that you can trust that your life is going to be even more beautiful than it has been in the past." Rev. Bacon says. "So stay with it, my friend."