How many of us feel this way right now? I dare say not many.
A contented person is usually happy, cheerful and joyful; more importantly he feels fortunate, lucky and blessed.
Men by nature are greedy animals. We always want more of everything from wealth and riches to power and glory; our insatiable appetite for more and more has no limit.
That’s why we always hear of the expression “the rich get richer”.
Everybody wants more money and they will go all out to get as much as they can even if it involves huge risks, breaking the law or at the expense of those who deserve more.
While there is nothing wrong in reaching up to the skies, take a snapshot of yourself during this journey and count your blessings with what you already have and not with what you don’t have. It may not be that worthwhile to relentlessly pursue your dreams if the sacrifices made work against you in the longer term.
There are bound to be individuals with high ego who are not always contented with what they have; their hunger for more wealth, and lust for power will continue until their dying day or until they are incapacitated. Then who will get to enjoy their wealth? Your guess is as good as mine. But certainly not the person who kept sacrificing day in and day out and building up the huge empire.
What else do we want more? Besides money, we want more power, influence, fun, respect and others to kowtow to us, higher commissions, bigger and more lucrative contracts and more of this and that. But where will it end? It never will. This category of people are so consumed with enriching themselves that the greed factor has become an integral part of their lives and the unfortunate part of it all is that they are totally unaware.
This hunger for more can also lead to dire consequences or to one’s downfall or cause us more harm, anxiety, stress and even death. But with all the wealth and power, are they really happy and contented deep inside them?
In the process of continually enriching themselves, many overlook or lose the small joys of life. Sad to say, this category of people will never get the real feeling of contentment in their lifetime as they continue in their search for more wealth, power and glory. Men without contentment will continue to be so until they get a jolt through divine intervention.
What then are the lessons we all can draw upon?
-> Be content with whatever you have. For just one moment, look yourself in the mirror and see how picture-perfect your family is. Thank God for what you have, be content; there is not a need to continually look for greater riches at great expense and sacrifice;
-> Review and start analysing how you can make your short time on earth better. Make peace with oneself and reflect on who you really are. When are you going to say “enough is enough” and thank God for what you already have;
-> Learn when to let go; enjoy what you have built up and saved all these years and most importantly learn what exactly “contentment” is all about; and
-> If you are super rich, learn how to be a philanthropist; your wealth will be better spent for the poor and the less-fortunate than be squandered by others.
The truth of the matter is that we need much less than we think we need to be happy. We should be rejoicing in the way things are.
Oprah Winfrey put it aptly “Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough”.
DR POLA SINGH Kuala Lumpur The STAR Home News Opinion Letters 22 September 2014