Friday, August 23, 2013

The Secret to a Happy Life

I have decided that the secret to a happy life is learning and living what your own definition of “enough” is.

Enough money to meet basic needs
Enough shelter to give you privacy
Enough love to give life meaning
Enough prosperity to buy you time
Enough intellectual stimulation to keep you from stagnating
Enough success to give you satisfaction
Enough heartache to keep you humble
Enough failure to make you hungry
Enough joy to make you thankful
Enough true friends to keep you on track
Enough trials to force you to grow deep
Enough health to allow you accomplishments
Enough solitude to retreat to
Enough togetherness to connect
Enough family to give you roots
Enough laughter to lighten the load
Enough passion to set your heart on fire
Enough understanding to determine reality
Enough compassion to realize we are all connected
Enough time to do what you were meant to do
Enough wisdom to use the time we are given well

If you look closely at this list, few of these things involve money.  Money only buys material goods, and we are so much more than material beings – we are emotional, social and spiritual beings, also.  Money – of which I have very little, and so I know what I’m talking about here – buys some good things – shelter, food, health care, utilities etc.  However, it does not buy anything that can feed the soul.  Money is a tool to be used.  Use it well.

"Enough".  What does that mean to you?  Too little and we suffer from the lack.  Too much and we rot from excess. Find your own definition of “enough”, and focus on what matters more, in all the hustle and bustle of our busy lives. The only things we take with us when we die are those things that cannot be bought for any price. Love and connections between people are the only things that matter.  Spend the days of your life wisely.