HOW MUCH DO WE REALLY NEED IN OUR LIVES (added 3.11.10)
How much do you really need to be happy?
If you could place a dollar value on your happiness – what would that equate to?
Why do we associate wealth and status with happiness and success?
I think back to my time in India, where the caste hierarchy dominate the country, where wealth for the majority is simply having enough to feed your family. I remember the proudness of the people, the pride in their houses, their clothes, their lives, yet my most vivid memory of all is of the wide smiles on their faces, contentment at their place in society and the passion in which they go about their daily lives.
Obviously these are bold generalising statements and while India has a huge population, and my encounters with a select few, I speak from what I have seen, and while my eyes still well up, reminiscing over the many tragedies I witnessed in India, my heart still melts at how people with so little can give so much, people with such huge obstacles can move giant mountains.
I hear so many parents in Western societies complain of their lives, the long hours they work, the bonus not received, the home renovations that are not yet complete, the many things they wish to buy at the shops and most distressing is that they worry that their children would rather spend an intimate few hours or two with their play stations rather than play outdoors or talk to their parents.
Again my mind wanders back to all the third world countries I have travelled in, where the children hug and chat to their parents, where family life really means togetherness, where people really appreciate every little thing they own and receive. Where every precious resource is utilized and not wasted.
And I ask you which is the richer life?