Financial Discontent

March 31, 2014

In these days of a failing economy, high unemployment, and massive home foreclosures, you would think that anyone who had a job that covered expenses would feel blessed. Instead, the opposite seems to be true.

It sometimes seems as though a whole society is discontented with their lives even when they have so much to be thankful for. I can understand wanting to improve your lot in life and setting goals for yourself. I can even understand feelings of failure if you try very hard and still can’t succeed. What I can’t understand is succeeding at something and still feeling as though it isn’t enough.

Today’s society reminds me of kids playing in the sandbox. There is usually one child who never has enough toys of his own and he covets what someone else has. He plays with his own toys for a couple of minutes and then reaches over and snatches someone else’s toy and won’t give it back. When one of the other kids tries to take one of his toys, he covers it up and yells, “Mine. Mine. Mine.”

For whatever reason, there seems to be such massive discontent that has become so pervasive in our society that very few people feel good about their accomplishments. Even with enough money to pay their bills and a little left over for some luxuries, they are always looking around for something more and feeling like failures.

Bill Gates and Warren Buffett are good role models for amassing great fortunes but the thing that stands out most of all, is that they appreciate their good fortune that they are able to work at something they love and make money doing it.

The missing element seems to be that people don’t take the time to step back to enjoy what they have. They keep going from project to project without appreciating the fruits of their labor.

Life is not made up of things; it’s made up of human emotions. You don’t have to have vast sums of money to feel successful; you just have to find happiness in what you can do with what you have. You can be just as attached to your bungalow as you are to your mansion if you learn how to be happy with what you have.

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