“My friend, the things that do attain
The happy life be these, I find:
The riches left, not got with pain;
The fruitful ground; the quiet mind;
The equal friend; no grudge; no strife;
No charge of rule, nor governance;
Without disease, the healthy life;
The household of continuance;
The mean diet, no dainty fare;
Wisdom joined with simpleness;
The night discharged of all care,
Where wine the wit may not oppress:
The faithful wife, without debate;
Such sleeps as may beguile the night;
Content thyself with thine estate,
Neither wish death, nor fear his might.”
Think about it: water accumulates behind an obstacle, it becomes more forceful, rises and finally flows over the obstacle.
I don’t have a problem with guilt about money. The way I see it is that my money represents an enormous number of claim checks on society. It’s like I have these little pieces of paper that I can turn into consumption. If I wanted to, I could hire 10,000 people to do nothing but paint my picture every day for the rest of my life. And the GDP would go up. But the utility of the product would be zilch, and I would be keeping those 10,000 people from doing AIDS research, or teaching, or nursing. I don’t do that though. I don’t use very many of those claim checks. There’s nothing material I want very much. And I’m going to give virtually all of those claim checks to charity when my wife and I die.
Things we become addicted to
Listening to pop music, eating spicy and salty snacks, using lip balm, tanning and chewing ice are all things we become addicted to.
Be thankful for what you have; you will end up having more.
If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.
Some of the most comforting words that can be heard are me too. that moment when you find out that your struggle is also someone else’s struggle and that you’re not alone fighting that same battle.
Absence sharpens love, presence strengthens it.