All human beings struggle with something or the other in their lifetime. While it is true that some struggle a lot more than others, nobody can run away from it. And it is due to this constant struggle, that human beings have developed this concept in mind that all it takes for a happier life is money. Thus, this money is what everyone is after, and will continue to be after as long as they live. But have you ever stopped for one second to look inwards and consider the chaos going on within yourself?
You are a human being first, and the things that money can buy are secondary. This means that your feelings, emotions, character, and integrity are not dependent on how much money you have. In fact, quite the opposite.
Money and Your Individuality are Poles Apart
It is how you choose to live your life, however, that will bring the most impact. And how you choose to live your life does not depend on how much money you have. You can even live a great life with very little monetary benefits. If you all simply stop chasing after things and breathe for one second, we will be able to see a much clearer picture of our life. While money can buy you grand and luxurious things, these luxuries are only temporary items that you play with for a little while before you move onto something else. Let us take an example of a car. When you purchase a particular car, you will likely keep it for two years or so before a new model of the same car comes out, and then you will run after that model. These materialistic luxuries will never fully quench your thirst.
Character, Love, Integrity, Respect, and Peace are Very Important in Life
You need to live a life with meaning, and you do not need money in order to bring that meaning. If you always have money in your mind then you cannot fully live in the present but always worry about the future and the things that you can acquire.
This is likely going to take away your internal peace and the truest state of happiness. You will only be able to live a meaningful life if you remember that your integrity, character, and peace are very important. At the same time, you also have to give love and respect to the people around you in order to gain that love and respect.
You cannot live in a cocoon that is filled with money. Instead, you should think outside of that cocoon and know that life is truly beautiful if you just keep money aside for one moment and focus on giving more that acquiring in your life.
Contributed by Rakesh Malhotra, Founder of Five Global Values www.fiveglobalvalues.comand Author of Adventures of Tornado Kid, Whirling Back Home Towards Timeless Values”. Passionately determined to uncover the mystery of human behavior. His fascination with the influence of core values on human behavior stems from a career which has seen rise from an entry-level sales job to that of a seasoned CEO. Having worked, lived, or traveled to more than 40 countries, he has been able to study performance and human behavior across all cultures. Follow me on Twitter @Rakesh Malhotra @FiveValues