I’ve had a busy week and haven’t devoted enough time to writing a quality post. I apologize. Please accept this “meditation” on the meaning of wealth and happiness. (Excerpt from The Shaolin Workout: 28 Days to Transforming Your Body and Soul the Warrior’s Way, by Sifu Shi Yan Ming)
The person who has $10 wants $100. The person who has $10 million wants $100 million.
In the modern world, we are surrounded by things we think we want. We want those celebrity-endorsed sneakers. We want a wider screen TV. We want a bigger house. We want a fancier care. We want a Rolex. We want that new cell phone with the extra function our almost-new cell phone doesn’t have.
We want all these things because we think they will make us happier. But acquiring these things is not the same as achieving happiness. No matter how much wider your TV screen gets, it’s still the same old you sitting there staring at it. No matter how fancy and prestigious your new Lexus is, somebody else is going to pass you in a Jaguar that’s fancier and more prestigious. The person who has $10 wants $100. The person who has $10 million wants $100 million. As long as you equate acquiring things with achieving happiness, you’ll never be happy. It’s a treadmill, never ending.
True happiness comes from a life that is fulfilled, not just filled up with things. It’s not bad to acquire those things, but it is bad if you let wanting them and chasing after them distract you from your real goals and true happiness. You’ll never enjoy your life that way. The truly happy life is a life of action, not distraction. True happiness comes from mastering and polishing your life. It comes from self-respect and self-confidence and form developing harmony and balance so that you can savour this moment, here and now, for the beautiful gift it is. Happiness is spreading peace and love to the people around you. That’s the warrior’s way.