Bear with me for a moment as I take you on a virtual ride. Imagine you are living in Beverly Hills, California. You have a beautiful mansion, a wonderful husband, and two lovely children. Your career has been on the up and up and so is that of your husband. From humble roots, today you do not need to worry about financial security anymore. You are famous, but not too famous that it gets stifling. Let me just say, you do not need the dark shades and cap to walk on the stress of Los Angeles, at least not yet. You travel the world, eat good food, have a bunch of wonderful friends who treat you with love and respect. The health of your loved ones has been good of late. You want for nothing, really speaking.
Over a billion people would trade their lives for what I described above, wouldn’t they? It reads like the stuff of dreams. You would, therefore, be surprised if I then went on to tell you that the person I describe is depressed, has low self-esteem and often contemplates suicide. Suicide? When the world is slaving to build a life like this?
Life is strange like that. Everything is relative in some sense. Your sense of happiness or contentment is not an outcome of your current situation but how you feel. You could be completely happy with very little or be extremely unhappy with everything. However, this is the key to freedom as well. If what I have is not a measure of happiness, then paradoxically, what I have does not matter, does it? I could be happy regardless. Doesn’t that set you free from the bondage of measuring happiness in measurable terms? It is after all about how you feel, isn’t it? So go ahead and unshackle yourself – set yourself free.