“A life directed chiefly toward the fulfillment of personal desires will sooner or later always lead to bitter dissappointment.” ~Albert Einstein
In the end it’s really not about who has the most toys, is it? It’s about who gave the most love. Nurses often hear death bed regrets. No one ever regrets not working enough hours, they regret not spending enough time with the people they loved. No one ever regrets doing something and failing if they gave it a real try. They regret not trying to do something that they always wanted to do.
A life trying to acquire is a life searching for happiness outside of ourselves. George Carlin said it best. Yes, even better than the Professor, but you didn’t hear that from me. George said, “Trying to be happy by accumulating possessions is like trying to satisfy hunger by taping sandwiches all over your body.” I’m sure that Albert would agree.
Albert didn’t think much of possessions. He wore the same clothes every day because he couldn’t be bothered with picking out clothing to wear. It was a uniform of sorts. Things did not float his boat. Possessions had no importance. He enjoyed the peace of not caring what others thought about him.
Our desire for many of the things we want stems from the media and our concern that we aren’t keeping up appearances. do you recognize the voice of your ego? Do we have the right clothes for that occassion, do we drive the right car, do we go to the right restaurants, do we …….? Often we are not even conscious of our way down deep real personal gut desires, our purpose. We are too busy trying to keep up with the things we want and think we need. We work too much to buy these things. We worry too much about having them. We think that when we get our dream house we’ll be happy, when we find the perfect sofa for the living room, when we find our true love, when we get the job we want. We put off happiness until we get what we think we want only to be on our death bed saying, “Dang, I didn’t need that. I don’t care if I had an Austin Martin or a vacation home or a new pair of shoes. Paying for all that crap took way too much time away from the people I loved and the experiences I dreamed about. I never even really tried to write that book. I never went back country camping in the winter (we all have our individual dreams!), I never told my kids how proud I am of them. I never dared to sing Karaoke. I wore clothes that made me fit in, but didn’t fit my personality. I should have got a dog, I always wanted one….” Ask youself now, where does my happiness lie? Take some time today and think about it. If you have no idea just relax and put the question out there knowing that the universe will bring you an answer. Allow it to bringthe answer to you rather than pushing to find out. Let go, relax and let the universe guide you.
One might say, vacations are so much fun; they cost a lot and I have to work to pay for them. Remember when you were a little kid and you didn’t have any stress and every day was a vacation! Yes, every day you did your duty by playing. Now, what if you scaled back on the stressful bills and big house and on and on and instead just decided to do your duty and play. Sure you’ll work, but not to buy stuff. You’ll work enough to pay for the necessities. You’ll work enough to get by and have more time to play.
Have a vegetable garden, learn an instrument, dance around the house, write that book, go camping. Your life will be a vacation. And what happens when you do things you love and enjoy and feel that wild ‘I love life’ exuburance? The universe will send you more joyful experiences. Reflecting your bliss right back in your face! So don’t worry about where the money will come from to enjoy life without working constantly. Your enthusiasm is like a message to the universe that you want more of the same! Know the universe provides enjoyment to those who enjoy.
But aren’t I always saying that you can have whatever you want. And you can. If you see yourself as wealthy, you will get it, if you believe that you deserve it, etc. Will it make you happy or should you just go ahead and tape those bologna sandwiches to your shirt? If your goal is momentary, temporary happiness attach it to things. If you want lasting happiness, it comes from your heart. If you want lasting happiness, do what brings a smile to your face and visualize yourself doing things that you enjoy. Just imagine yourself telling your friends how unbelievably happy you are now the you’re living your own life. There is a family that does this, they have stopped caring what others think of them and live a simple, but much happier life. They are the Economides. We could all take a few pages from their book! You can have both! Follow your heart and live in your very own unique way. All will be well.
I am grateful for the happy people and experiences that enhance my life.
I attract happy people and we enjoy each others company.
I am eternally grateful for my ability to find the best in any situation.
I smile at people I don’t know. I send them love and blessings.
I am happy to be of service.
I find fulfillment in my daily life.
Imagine yourself celebrating and laughing with friends and family.