Happiness

By Russell Hartz

Look Dad, I just bought 10 lottery tickets!

You don’t really think you can win do you?

Some people win millions. I’ve seen it on television.

Not likely, but if you did win millions what would you do with it?

Well, first I would buy me a new car, a Jaguar, a convertible, fire engine red with a white rag top.

And would that make you happy?

Yeah, it sure would. Then I would buy a yacht and sail around the world!

You’d have to graduate from high school first and what about college?

If I had that much money I wouldn’t need an education. The only thing school is good for is to learn how to make a living. If I had all that money I wouldn’t have to work would I?

And what about a wife and children?

With all that money I could afford the most beautiful wife in the world and she would really love me. And our kids would have the best education money could buy.

Would she love you or your money? And you, would you be a loving husband to her or would she just be another of your possessions. There’s a difference you know, in both cases, and why bother to educate your children, with all that money you could take care of them so they wouldn’t have to work either. Would all that make you happy?

Oh, yeah, it would make me the happiest man in the world.

Now let me tell you something son. Happiness is what this world is all about, but you cannot buy, beg, borrow or steal it and no one can give it to you.  Happiness is a personal choice. If you choose to be happy in this world you will be happy with or without any of those things. But if you choose to be unhappy there is nothing anybody or anything can do to change it, not even millions of dollars, fancy cars or luxurious yachts.

I’ve known some poverty-stricken people in this world who were happy. On the other hand I have known some extremely wealthy people who were miserable.

It is all about knowing who you are, where you are at, where you are going and accepting your life as it is, as well as being thankful for all the blessings life has given you. And above all, know the difference between fun and happiness. They are not the same. Fun is momentary while happiness endures as a lifestyle.

Be happy my son. Educate yourself, nourish your curiosities, love your life and the people in it and be happy with your place in it.

That’s what it’s all about.

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