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Chapter 39. Rethinking the Quest for “Mo... > The Downside of Getting the Things Y...

The Downside of Getting the Things You Desire

Many people think that having things will make them happy. But if you are “lucky” enough to attain the things you desire, get ready for two rude awakenings.

Having does not make you happy. The advertisers promised that when you had a particular car or lived in a prestigious neighborhood or dressed a certain way you would be happy. They lied. Happiness is an inside job. It comes from being who you are, fulfilling your purpose, and living your values. Things are empty sources for meaning. Desire only leads to more desire.

What have you wanted that, once you got it, did not give you the joy, satisfaction, or happiness that you expected?

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Things are not guaranteed. You can lose them. Thousands of people lost their jobs during the dot-com collapse and the Enron scandal of the early 2000s. When the jobs went, so did the lifestyles they were supporting.

Furthermore, life itself is not guaranteed. We will all lose loved ones— expectedly or unexpectedly. Life is fragile; it passes in a moment. Are you living your life on purpose? Or have you traded a purposeful life for a lifestyle that can change in a moment?


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