Tuesday, July 29, 2014
This morning I was reading "Common Myths About Happiness" here on SP.
And I have to tell ya,, there was a paragraph that truly stood out to me:
"One of the main tenets of Buddhism states that simply wanting people, things or situations creates unhappiness. For example, if you didnít want that new car then youíd be happy with the one you already own. Itís not your old car that is causing your unhappiness, but the desire for the car that you donít have." By Leanne Beattie, Health & Fitness Writer.
How many of us fall into that category of wanting something bigger and better than we already have? Perhaps it's a desire. Perhaps it's wanting to fit in with the crowd or have what the Jone's family next door has. But the question remains will it make me (us) happy? I could understand perhaps if your car wasn't running good or your refrigerator was on the blink, but to just want something bigger and better never made sense to me.
I ran my first computer for over 10 years before it finally died. It didn't matter that it was slow as molasses to me. It still worked and I couldn't afford another one anyways.
When I was raising my girls I taught them the meaning of a dollar. I made them earn money. It wasn't just handed to them in an allowance that they never did anything for. Both my girls are very money savvy now and I'm thankful for that.
Up until a year or so ago I didn't even own a credit card because I didn't want to fall into the trap of purchasing things I didn't need on it. I keep it as a reserve in case something happens that I simply do not have the money for.
So where does your happiness lay?
Have a happy day ~ Donna