Whether you drive a Volkswagen or you drive a Bentley, the road remains the same, isn’t it?
Whether you speak on a Samsung or you speak on an iPhone X, whoever is calling remains the same, isn’t it?
Whether you’re flying economy or you’re flying business, the destination where you are heading remains the same, isn’t it?
Whether you’re wearing a simple FastTrack, or you are wearing an Omega or a Rolex, the time remains the same, isn’t it?
It’s quite amazing how we work ourselves up so much with increasing the standard of living that we forget to increase the standard of our life.
And which is why wherever I travel, I make an appeal to people, there is nothing wrong with an Omega, there is nothing wrong with the Bentley. God bless you with that and if you have it, drive it - no problem.
But in trying to enhance and increase and improvise the standard of your living, please, please do not compromise with the standard of your life.
It’s not the standard of your living that makes you happy, It’s the standard of your life that makes you happy.
And very often, we forget to give attention to those things that can truly make us happy. Which is why I always say, things that I am talking about have utility value right? Not happiness value.
Travel business class or first class, travel - no problem.
Drive a Bentley - no problem.
But in doing so, never ever compromise on those principles that also improve the standard of your life.
And therefore, I always say some people are so poor, so poor, so absolutely poor, that all they have is money. That’s all they have, that’s all they have. I consider that life a poverty-stricken life.
If all you have is money, you are the poorest person in the world.
Because there is more to life than money, and there is way more to life than what money can buy.
And therefore, I many times say, if you truly want to know how rich you are, drop a tear and see how many hands come to wipe that tear.
Our happiness and our increased standard of life are not in things, it’s in people. It’s relationships.
It’s meaningful, heartfelt deep bondings of love, that bring fulfillment to the heart.
It’s those meaningful exchanges of love that we share with each other in relationships, that brings true joy to the heart.
And isn’t it the greatest irony, that something that brings the greatest fulfillment, we very conveniently neglect
in just running after increasing and enhancing the standard of living.
By Gaur Gopal Das