My sole reason for living and teaching overseas has always been primarily for the international experience. Listen folks, a wise woman once said to me, “You ain’t never gonna have enough money, so there’s no point in overworking yourself or letting money run your life.” And it is so true. If you really think about the dollar bill, it’s a piece of paper that can easily be destroyed. Yet it holds so much power over many people. Often it is the deciding factor in many people’s lives and their everlasting hunger for the dollar bill increases as they acquire more dollar bills.
Listen folks, you will never have enough of what you don’t need. Let me say that again. YOU WILL NEVER HAVE ENOUGH OF WHAT YOU DON’T NEED. I can exercise enough humility to admit that I have had jobs that have paid very well, but money has never satisfied my hunger for life. And life is so much more than the material possessions that money can afford you. This has become even more evident during my time over here on the EASTERN side of the world.
Can money really buy you happiness? Well, what exactly is happiness? What makes you feel good and brings a huge smile to your face? We are all very different people, with very different belief systems. Your belief system typically stems from your family up bringing. What did your parents teach you about happiness? Or maybe you surrounded yourself with a group of friends who affirmed what happiness looks like and/or feels like? We all have a belief system that helps us conceptualize happiness. These beliefs are also known as memes (Wayne Dyer). What I believe about happiness, doesn’t discredit what you believe to be true about happiness.
For some folks happiness is having a particular title at work, the Mercedes Benz, the Gucci bag and Kenneth Cole shoes. And if that works for them, then let them be happy.
For other folks, happiness may result in starting a family, owning a home with a white picket fence, attending church every Sunday, and living a quiet life on the countryside. And if that works for them, then let them be happy.
My definition of happiness has evolved over the years. The beautiful thing about getting older is that each experience you go through makes you an even better person than what you used to be. Therefore, as I continue to age (gracefully) I am okay with the idea that my belief about happiness continues to change. So right now happiness to me is peacefulness, contentness, giving, serving, and just being present in the moment.
I’m at a point in my life where I don’t associate happiness with any material possession on earth. ‘Ain’t no car, house, electronic, shoe, shirt, ring, accessory, gonna bring me happiness. And if it does, it won’t last for long.’ I want everlasting happiness. I want my last day on this earth to be a moment of true humbleness. Where I can drift off into a space of eternal life, having no regrets because I know I lived my best human life. Remember folks, we are not our bodies. We are spiritual beings having a human experience so make the most of it and figure out what KEEPS you happy.
This is myTRUTHmyCLARITY.