Be content with your possessions and status
We must avoid this attitude and mentality of acquiring as many luxuries and worldly items as possible. Instead, we must be satisfied with what we have
People are generally unhappy with what they have. Instead, they run after what they don’t have. Because of this mentality, everyone leads a life full of discontent. Someone who appears to be very lucky, someone whom others envy, is in fact as unhappy as those who envy him.
Everyone has received one or another blessing. But if a person lacks gratitude, he will constantly be attracted to what he does not have, while considering that the blessings he does have have no value. In such a case, he cannot feel gratitude towards God. He is denied the most important thing he should harbor in his heart.
God made this world in such a way that here complete comfort and ease is not possible for anyone. If you run away from one place because of a problem and go to another place, you will soon find that there, too, problems exist. If a poor man has problems, a rich man has problems too. If an unemployed person has problems, a powerful man has them too.
In this world that was made as a testing ground, no one is immune to problems. Considering this, what you need to do is face the problems you are facing and continue your journey. Your only concern should be to acquire the pleasure of God, not to become the master of a trouble-free life, for that is simply not possible before the hereafter life.
So we must avoid this attitude and mentality of acquiring as many luxuries and worldly items as possible. Instead, we have to be content with what we have. Happiness and eternal pleasure cannot be attained simply by gathering all physical comforts, accumulating enormous wealth and striving to be more powerful than one’s fellows, but by being content with what one has already in his kitty. Happiness, peace of mind and good sleep cannot be bought in any market, even by selling all your balances and properties instead, these blessings which we value very little can only be acquired by being satisfied and expressing our gratitude to the Almighty.
A large number of rich and wealthy people with everything they need in life, from a decent house to a comfortable vehicle, are very poor only because they lack peace of mind, pleasure and suffer from insomnia. And there were also people who are considered even below the poverty line but they are richer than the old ones because they are content with what they have, they are happy with their small gains and lead a princely life. They have peace of mind, sleep well in their own poorer homes, but more willingly than even kings, and enjoy life more than their royal counterparts. If we read and analyze the life story of our saints and noble souls, we come to the conclusion that eternal pleasure can only be acquired in contentment rather than in more wealth and wealth. Living a simple life, not spending beyond your income, and being content with your resources can make you a powerful, happier, and nobler person. In our day to day life we see people running a frantic race amassing huge wealth by all means just to impress their fellow human beings, spend unnecessary money on weddings and other functions of their children without affording and even admitting wards to expensive coaching and academy centers just for show. It does not bring them any ease in their life, but rather obstacles and difficulties that prevent them from living a prosperous life.
The dividends we obtain in simplicity can never be obtained through a competitive mentality of acquiring what we lack and what our relatives, friends and neighbors have. A large number of families have been destroyed, the careers of hundreds of children have been ruined and the future of our youth too has been put at stake by the parents only because of this game of discontent. Sometimes brilliant and brilliant people manage to get an ordinary 3rd or 4th class job and when they see prestigious chairs and desks occupied by obtuse and boring people, instead of being patient, they become the victims of discontent . As a result, they suffer from depression, lack interest in life, and discolor their own lives as well as those of their parents. Likewise, men with large enterprises and occupying vast lands and other properties, always feel discontent for want of meager government employment.
Trying to imitate other people’s lifestyles, feeling envy for their larger possessions or status, and feeling disgusted with yourself can only shatter your dreams and ruin your future. Instead, the only way to get some relief and feel contentment is to be content with both possessions and status. Society must also play its positive role in shaping and bringing about the desired changes in the community. It should not give respect and honor to people simply for their greater possessions and status rather than for their service to the community and humanity. It hardly makes a person respectable in the society who owns big malls, big enterprises or industries/factories and ranks higher in the government, but one who feels the pain of his fellows and always stands ready for social service and the help of the people is truly entitled to honor and respect. When society stops respecting people simply for their possession and status rather than honoring people for their merit and integrity, there will definitely be a change in people’s thoughts. They will not resent being less wealthy, occupying lower status and being economically weak, but they will enjoy living their own life of austerity without mental burdens or societal chains.
The writer is a columnist and teacher