The material I am using for this post is based from a book called, “How to live without fear and worry” by K.Sri Dhammananda.
1. Modern life is a struggle -a struggle to gain monetary rewards, comfort and luxury. Instead of bring happiness, this lifestyle brings anxieties and stress.
When I read this line, I was slightly stunned. I’ve always known that life is not easy, but I have never really thought about why life is so hard. Is it hard because we are always trying to attain something we don’t have? Why is it so difficult to be happy with our lives? Some may blame society and the media for causing us to be so ungrateful, but stop for a second, and ask yourself, “What are you chasing after?”
2. Pleasure can be bought, but not happiness.
Most people believe when they possess a lot of money, they will be happy. After all, if you have a lot of money, you have the option to decide whether you want to work or not. Money isn’t just money. Money signifies freedom, opportunity, status, and power. But does that equal to happiness? Some may say so, some may disagree. I personally think having money is great, and definitely necessary to some degree; however, I do not think money can buy me happiness. If I have to do something I hate in exchange for money, it’s not worth it.
Ask yourself, “Are you driven by money so you can buy what you want? After you get the item, do you think you’ll be happy?”
There are a lot of things money can buy, but there are also a lot of things money can’t buy. For example, family, true friends, true love, good health, a home, wisdom, and etc.
3. Truly great people have one thing in common, that is, they use their resources -wisdom, sympathy, power, energy, knowledge for the good and benefit of mankind.
I believe this is true. Although I do not have a lot to give, I try to offer the best to you guys. If you happen to stumble across my blog, I hope it makes a positive difference in your life.
4. “A long life may not be good enough, but a good life is long enough!” -Benjamin Franklin
I also agree with this statement. Life is really a collection of our experiences. Our goal should be to increase the number of good experiences.
5. Kindness is a virtue that the blind can see and the deaf can hear.
Being kind doesn’t require a lot of time. Sometimes, a smile can make all the difference. You can always give more if you choose to. Treat others like how you want to be treated. If you want to feel loved, you have to love first.
I hope you guys like this post. I haven’t been feeling too well lately, but I decided to share some of my “wisdom” today. Haha.
P.S. This is actually a really deep and insightful book. It’s a worthy read.