There is nothing lacking
“Be content with what you have, rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.” — Lao-tzu
It’s a curious paradox that some of the people who have the most possessions never seem to have enough, and some with the least are the most content. It’s too simplistic to say that wealth creates unhappiness (though it often seems to do just that). It might have more to do with the sort of mindset that prioritizes wealth above more important goals.
Chasing after wealth seems to be getting the cart before the horse, though. I really think it starts inside. No matter my circumstances, I find that the more thankful I am, the more I have for which to be thankful. It’s the sort of thing that one has to experience to understand, and the longer one sees this dynamic at work, the stronger its influence on the course of life.
Today, I hope we all are able to start, or continue, a quest to understand that true wealth — which often has nothing to do with money — is within our grasp. I find it a great challenge sometimes to rejoice in the way things are. But I believe it’s the best way to live.
One year ago today: