“It’s possible to have too much in life. Too many clothes jade our appreciation for new ones; too much money can put us out of touch with life; too much free time can dull the edge of the soul. We need sometimes to come very near the bone so that we can taste the marrow of life rather than its superfluities.” ~Joan Chittister …
It is often easy for us to want more and more of a good thing–more money, more power, more fame. But there is such a thing as having too much of anything in our lives, and moderation is key. For when we become concerned with amassing earthly things, we begin to take for granted the wonderful gifts and blessings that we already have, and we lose sight of the important things in life… like where we are going and where we want to be.
Living our lives to the fullest requires us to possess a sense of peace and contentment in life. For without it, we will always be searching for happiness and the next best thing, instead of truly living in the moment. And this will become an endless search for happiness and fulfillment, in which our own lack thereof is perpetuated by the things we continue to amass.
Additionally, when we do not place restrictions in our lives, we develop a sense of entitlement, a sense that enough is never enough. Other people have something, so I should too. But this kind of thought only breeds more unhappiness within.
We do not need everything there is to own. We do not need to travel the world over. We do not need fame, power, or wealth. Perspective and moderation is all we need to find fulfillment and happiness in life. And by keeping focused, and maintaining a certain level of simplicity in our lives, we will find just that.
Try to simplify your wants and desires in life.
Questions to consider:
Where are you going in life? Where do you want to be? Do these two paths align?
Is there anything in your life that you have too much of? How could you reduce your desire for more of it?
Why do we tend to fill all of the spaces of our lives? How can we come to better recognize what is essential and what is not?
For further thought:
“Three grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for.” ~Joseph Addison