The More Mentality
How many times have you or I ever thought about how nice it would be to win the lottery? Then that thought stems into ideas about what we would do with the money, where we would go, who we would give gifts to, and all that jazz. This type of thought is common, but the basic issue with it is that it approaches the issue of money from an angle of needing and not wanting. We want all the financial freedom of winning the lottery, yet we don’t need it, and living a life of ‘what ifs’ and billion to one odds is meaningless.
I’m well aware that within a culture of capitalism, money reigns supreme, and consequently our insatiable urge for more and more money creates a ceaseless cycle of living to work and working to live. Since the ‘more mentality’ sees no end and feels no satisfaction, it can only look past what it has in order to want what it does not. How can happiness exist when you can’t be content with what you have? The truth is – it can’t. Happiness has to be rooted in the acknowledgment and appreciation of what we have. In that sense – I’ve already won the lottery and instead of a financial freedom that enables lavish spending I have a financial freedom that allows abundant joy without any ties to money.
My wealth is far from monetary. It is all the amazing experiences I’ve had and the incredible individuals who I’ve encountered along life’s long and unpredictable path. It is whatever form of fate brought Liz into my life. It is my family whose unconditional support and love is worth more than any amount of money. It is the fundamental fact that I am alive, loved and sheltered.
In these terms I consider myself a very lucky and rich person. So if your bank account is looking a little low and you’re having a hard time finding happiness, look no further then all the terrific people and places you’ve been blessed enough to experience.
When we rejoice in what we have rather then dwell on what we want, we will soon discover that happiness is a present mind set not a future destination. So smile, go hug a friend or family member and be happy with what you have!