Thursday, April 23, 2009

there is joy in living

How do we find joy in living? We all know that money cannot really buy true happiness. Happiness, for me, is something that keeps us from wanting and longing for so much more in this life; that we are already content with what we have achieved. We may have failed in other things but we have learned to accept that we are not perfect. That we are capable of making a terrible mistake but we are able to forgive ourselves for it; that we can excel at some things but can also be weak in other things.

That sense of self-fulfillment. We are lucky if we have already reached this stage. No longer will we care about the latest gadgets that are available in the market. No longer will we care about holding a luxurious party for our birthdays or other occasions. No longer will we worry about what others think about us. No longer will we think about elevating our status just to earn everybody's respect.

You see, life is more than just money. Life is all about relationships. Most affluent people we know aren't really happy with their lives. They may be rich and have a say in the society but if they have made their wealth as a measure of their success, they will find that there is no meaning in their existence. They will always feel empty inside. They will build mansions or invest in properties but will feel paranoid that people have vested interests in their fortune and so they start to build walls. Everyday they worry about their lives. They worry about security. They live in abundance but still can't truly be happy.

In order to be truly happy, we must never be a slave to money. Let us start in building good relationships with people. Spread some love. Let us live our lives according to God’s will. Only then will we find true happiness. Only then will we find that there is joy in living amidst all difficulties.

6 comments:

bchai said...

What a beautiful post, Meretrisha. I agree---don't worry about the material things in life: they come and go. Cherish the relationships you have with your family and friends because those last forever.

Sandy said...

I find the single thing that makes me happiest and makes me feel good is doing for others. Through doing for others I connect with other giving people and that makes my heart sing. I knit and crochet and have been donating about 98% of finished items for several years now and that gives me great hope for the future of mankind. I've met the greatest people through doing that.

Wonderful post
Sandy
came here to drop, but thought I'd also leave you the url to a charity site that you might like to read about
http://homelessbridge.blogspot.com/
dropping from http://travelingsuitcase.blogspot.com/

jenn_US said...

halu jo. very nice post.
by the way, congrats sa imong page rank. yipeee!! more blogging opps to come..wen man ka mag change ug layout? i already emailed my friend, she said she is available na. send me a message sa YM nya ha. ok take care..

Your Author said...

Great post! I wonder if you've read Eckhart Tolle's A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose. If you have not, I highly recommend you get your copy. I don't know if it's available here in Philippines though, try to get one online. You won't regret it. Cheers!

Michele said...

What a great post! From one who knows....having 7 living children is pretty costly (especially as they get older), we don't have the newest of things, nor do we splurge on things. We are just as happy as those that have stuff...don't get me wrong, if I fell into some money, I would love every minute of it, but for now, we are very happy and content with what we do have (monetarily speaking).

meretrisha said...

thank you guys.. sorry if i haven't been around the blogging scene lately.. been literally "caught up" with quite a lot of things. there is indeed joy in living... im living it up! mwahhh

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