As I turn a year older and “wiser” this week, I am reflecting on the past year and the year to come. My one wish is to continue to be grateful, happy and satisfied every day (and let’s include healthy in there also – “Health is Wealth.”)
As some of you may know, my husband is originally from India. He is a calm and logical person and I always appreciate his insight/opinion when I am looking for answers or want to make a decision.
On my first trip to India, I asked him, “Why do so many of the people who live on the streets and have so little, still appear to be so happy?” He simply said, “They embrace and accept the life that has been given to them.” It is a very simple way to look at it, but true. I thought to myself…In the western world, people have so much more, but some people still cannot find happiness.
So how does one find happiness? Embrace and accept what you have in life.
I will elaborate with some examples:
Relationships: Wanting people or family members to act a certain way and hoping they will change, but if you accept and embrace who and what they are, you will be happy. I am not saying it is easy, but something one can strive toward.
Material Posessions : In my opinion, less is more. So often, however, we see many people racing to attain more and more “things” (fancy homes, clothes, cars, etc.), but they still don’t seem to be happy. Slow down, embrace and accept what you have.
As I turn a year older, I share this basic wisdom with you and my children that my husband shared with me. Embrace and accept what you have in life and you will be on the path to being grateful, happy and satisfied.