“He is richest who is content with the least, for content is the wealth of nature.” ~ Socrates.
“My crown is called content, a crown that seldom kings enjoy.” ~ William Shakespeare.
Happiness and pleasure are two different things; happiness is what we are eternally (obviously has no beginning and no end), pleasure is what physical life created (has a beginning and end). Pleasure, if is chosen wisely, may be something noble to which aspire and seek in life, but we must never confuse pleasure with happiness.
Happiness has no purpose, no quality you can define; therefore, you are happy just because you are content and living in the moment, while you struggle and work you choose to embrace what you are, true and constant happiness.
Now, to acquire nice things and prosperity in your life by noble and inspiring work is great, it is to experience life and go after your goals; however, you must see that this is just pleasure, perhaps something you need to thrive day by day, but never happiness.
So, one reaches true wisdom when one is content and satisfied with the things and successes one has at this moment in life; of course, you may wish sincerely to achieve more, and that is okay as long as you see the difference between pleasure and happiness.
The greatest mistake of humankind is to believe that the outside pursuits will bring happiness to the emptiness they already feel inside; however, this is a deceptive dream and a fool’s paradise, because this is an illusion of their own egos which deceives them and distances them from reality, from the treasure inside themselves. Buddha has said, “Health is the greatest gift, contentment is the greatest wealth.” Furthermore, happiness lies in your choices, in your own mind, not in outside pursuits; you embrace happiness by not allowing the world and others to affect your state of mind.
Focus your mind on what you do have right now, and not on what you do not have; because most people in the world are never truly happy, due to following their insatiable egos and focusing on what they do not have–always wanting more, nothing being really enough.
You must be wiser in order to see through the veil of pleasure; you discover happiness in the pure heart, not in the insatiable and superficial ego.
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