The Worth of a Goal
I recently read about the phenomenon that if we seek wealth, prestige, power, and everything we ever wanted, and wish for our lives to be perfect, we will never be happy, and instead continue to suffer. There is such a thing as having enough, being satisfied, reaching contentment, and wanting nothing more. In certain cases, yes, we may feel as though something essential is missing, then put much of our energy into finding that thing, only to find that we aren’t ready or it wasn’t good enough, or that perfection doesn’t exist, so that we drive it away, and lose everything that could have had such potential to make us happy.
Truly, the best mode of action is to become happy in the present moment, to feel as though things are just as good as they could be, and reach a level of satisfaction towards life that extends to everything we say or do. Sure, we should be ambitious and strive for more, but at any given moment, we can still be happy with what we already have and that we even have the potential for more. What we should be greedy about is knowledge, and not material possessions or wealth. Knowledge is with us all the time while our possessions come and go, get old, worn, and forgotten. What truly matters are those people and creatures toward whom we’ve formed bonds, connections, and shared moments of joy.
Those with financial independence in this day and age are lucky. We have more than we need so we should remain humble and ensure comfort for the future. Aside from that, spending frivolously isn’t necessary because it only makes it so we will have difficulty maintaining the level of comfort we’ve grown used to, something we may not even have earned or that we deserve. Reducing the level of comfort requires eliminating some extra desires and living a more standard lifestyle. Our time should be spent pursuing passions whether it be sharing knowledge by teaching or writing, producing art to express shared emotions and experiences, or enhancing another aspect of our lives by meeting new people.
Living this life as if it’s our last is important regardless of what we believe. In truth, nothing that is spiritual in origin can be conclusively proven, so all of it rides on faith. Faith however can take many forms, not only faith in a higher…