Today as I write this piece, I don't have any cash in my pocket, my clothes and shoes are really old and already crying for freedom yet I don't have enough cash to replace them. As I sit here with my pen in my hands, I've not eaten anything yet and it's already 3pm. Guess it's called compulsory fast. Wait a minute! You're probably thinking under your breath that I am really unfortunate.
Maybe you're already wishing you knew me to extend some dollars my way or buy me lunch. Please don't pity me yet because I am not writing this article to earn your pity. I chose to write about my present condition to help you feel the joy that runs through my vein despite how poor you think I am. Yes, people can be broke and be happy.
Money is really important and I'm sure that we will all look fabulous under the influence of money but our happiness is not tied to it. Our goal as humans is not to have money but to taste real happiness which is not in the power of money to provide. Let me try to put it better: the reason why people kill and venture into a lot of obscenities to make money is because they thought money would give them happiness but sooner than they had acquired the wealth, they realized that the "all powerful money" has taken away their peace of mind. Little wonder the Holy Bible reiterates that the love of money is the root of all evil
It isn't what you have, whom you are and where you are that makes you happy. It is also not what you are doing or how much you're earning that will put smiles on your face. It is what you think about your situation that really makes the difference. Two people ate poorly on the same day right before my eyes. The first saw himself eating in a Five Star Hotel and assured himself that things would get better. He felt better thereafter, worked more and surprisingly wealth caught up with him months later. What about the second person? He thought God was unfair to him and only created him to suffer and die in penury. He blamed on and settled for vain stuffs to help himself for according to him, "heaven help those who help themselves." His end was more painful.
Every one on earth is looking for peace of mind and there is only one sure way to finding it. That is by controlling your thought. Happiness does not depend on outer conditions rather on the inside conclusion and motivation. It's not easy especially in a country like mine where the poor is the slave of the rich. But you have to make a decision to compel your mind to appreciate God when you don't have money in your pocket and food on your table or clothes on your back because complains will do more harm than good.
Don't allow the lack of money to control your life. The root of your problem is not the lack of money but building your happiness on the money you have and do not have. If money were the solution to all problems, the rich would have said goodbye to problems but as we can see "the rich also cry."
It isn't what you have or who you are or what you are doing or how much you are earning that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about. Dale once said he's seen a lot of happy Chinese faces sweating and toiling in the devastating heat of the sun for seven cents a day than he sees on Park Avenue. That's ironical. The wealthy are less happy? May be.
It is not my opinion that you should enjoy insufficiency and hate wealth. Rather I desire that you cherish your peace of mind more than money. What I don't have and shouldn't have never stop me from enjoying what I have and can have. So, when next you are tempted with sadness because you ain't got any cash on you, remember me. I am dime-less yet filled with happiness.