“Let’s pass over to the really rich-how often the occasions they look just like the poor! When they travel abroad they must restrict their baggage, and when haste is necessary, they dismiss their entourage. And those who are in the army, how few of their possessions they get to keep…”
-Seneca, On Consolation to Helvia, 12. 1.b-2
Material objects are nice to have but they have no impact on your level of happiness. If you’re not happy before you are rich in monetary value you won’t be happy when you are. This is so painstakingly obvious just by looking at the headlines over the years or maybe you’ve seen it first-hand. And if you still don’t believe it OPEN YOUR EYES. Or learn the hard way…
Being rich in relationships, desire, faith, empathy, gratitude, honesty, courage, responsibility, passion, creativity, and positivity is really the only way to make yourself truly happy.
Many people have this illusion money is a shortcut or catalyst to happiness but there have been so many examples showing that it’s not. Money doesn’t solve all your problems. That’s not to say it is not an important part of life. The comfort of safety is invaluable. But there is no shortcut, you must fall in love with the journey.
Don’t get it confused. If you want money you have to desire a specific amount of it, think about it all the time, put a plan into place, then set long and short term goals to achieve it.
But my dialogue here is different and based off of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs and what it takes to become a self-actualized and happy person.
Now you have a choice to make. Try and take the shortcut and learn there is none, or fall in love with the journey.