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The Quintessential Question: Half Full or Half Empty?

Last week, we shared some interpretations of deep Gratitude, and the joy that emanates.

On the opposite side of the coinage, being grateful should not mean that Life is without Adversity and Trials.  Yet, how we perceive things can determine our predisposition to happiness and/or purpose.

Below are some Quotes and Perspectives about Gratitude and Positivity, albeit a “Half Full” slant to kick off the discussion.

What do you think?

As always, thank you for reading and/or sharing!

Quotes and Perspectives

“Some people grumble that roses have thorns; I am grateful that thorns have roses.”  Alphonse Karr, A Tour Round My Garden.

“Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.” Epicurus.

“Free yourself from the complexities and drama of your life. Simplify. Look within. Within ourselves we all have the gifts and talents we need to fulfill the purpose we’ve been blessed with.”
Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free

Image credit: Dave Dugdale

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The Insatiability of Wants

“Money has never made man happy, nor will it, there is nothing in its nature to produce happiness. The more of it one has the more one wants.” Benjamin Franklin.

“Wealth consists not in having great possessions, but in having few wants.” Epictetus.

The Wise tell a cautionary tale about the insatiability of Wants, and how falling into Greed devastates the good life.  Still, like Cassandra in ancient lore, their wisdom remains frequently unheeded.

Glamour, Excessive Consumerism and Other Excessive Wants

The modern pursuit of glitzy glamour and the lure of Consumerism is more commonplace than ever.  Many today crave expensive/excess dining, clothing, jewellery, cars and other material wants, or envy others who flaunt it. Yet on obtaining the object of their desire, they begin to bore, discover deficiencies, tire of maintenance and seek the next high.

The fact is Wants are like opiates, the more we get, the more we crave.  Eventually there is not enough for the next spike.  Withdrawal symptoms or drug tolerance is experienced in absentia.

Focusing on Needs

Perhaps, we should endeavour focus on our basic needs instead, that which sufficient to help us grow, and much less onerous to satisfy.  On achieving true abundance, we can appreciate our blessings, deepen our understanding of Life’s mysteries and help those less fortunate than ourselves.

P.S: This is not to say that we should go extreme or cold turkey, but the point is to illustrate that we are so much more fortunate than others, who do not have enough for their basic needs.  So that perhaps instead of being too consumed with excessive wants, we can count our blessings, improve ourselves meaningfully and give back.  Different points of view and comments are welcome.  Thank you.

Image Credit: Guy Sie

Patience and Moderation

Scan of the original 1939 Keep Calm and Carry On poster, UK

“Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never harm me.”  Anon.

“Remember no one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” Eleanor Roosevelt.

“A wise man is superior to any insults which can be put unto him, and the best reply to unseemly behaviour is patience and moderation” Moliere.  Added.

Words have the power to lift our spirits, yet many have been hurt by harsh words spoken.

Interestingly, the old adage “Sticks and stones” counsels calm, instead anger and resentment.  After all, most of the time, we need not feel hurt.  A few reasons why this is true:

Firstly, we may not want to react excessively to any unimportant non-repetitive situation.

Second, the offender’s bad attitude frequently reflects more on himself.

Third, the object often is to provoke a reaction. When there is none, the harassment stops and moves on.

Lastly, perhaps the aggressor is actually in pain, and requires help/medical attention.

On occasion, keeping a cool head and managing the situation well, can turn a “nasty” incident around.  By handling matters appropriately, a reputation for dependability, admiration and/or even friendship may be won.

Words, Part 1