What am I depending on for happiness?

Written by Suraj Shah.

“So long as I have a roof over my head, a decent meal each day and good health, then I’ll be happy.  I don’t need anything else.”

How many times have you heard this statement, or a variation of it?  How many times have you said something similar to this?

In the developed world, it’s far too easy to take the first two for granted – shelter and food.  For many, it’s too easy to take health for granted.

However, the reality is that good health is not something to depend on.  Neither is food,  nor shelter.

Happiness that turns into pain is not true happiness.  Happiness that leads to worry is not true happiness. Temporary happiness is not true happiness.

So what would make me happy?  To be able to discriminate between that which is permanent and that which is transitory.

That would keep me calm.  That would keep me grounded.  That would keep me centred.

When the day arrives that I can get to the heart of that, then nothing else need sway me.