Thursday, November 6, 2008

true happiness

When I passed along Jacinto Street many weeks ago, I saw a filthy, emaciated kid walking barefooted under the scourging heat of the sun. As I went near, I noticed his callous hands as he raised them towards the tinted car windows driven by the elite. This picture opened my eyes to the realities of life, that money is indeed a great need for survival.
With money, a person can provide for his basic necessities such as food, clothing, etc. With lots of money, he can shop and splurge without boundaries, buy a mansion and own expensive cars. Moreover, he will not have a problem building a family in the future. That’s why most people are working wee hours to earn a lot. Their zeal to get rich keeps them busy and focused on their careers as well.
In my opinion, money cannot buy happiness. Material things are temporary. Hence, the happiness we feel in acquiring those things is likewise temporary. True happiness is felt in simple ways such as over relationships with other people. We tend to forget life’s small pleasures such as pat on the back, a good word, a hug or even a simple thank you. Because we are so preoccupied with getting rich, we tend to miss and enjoy these tiny delights.
In order to survive, money is important. But it is through how we deal with people which makes our lives rather meaningful. What is essential is invisible to the eye.

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