I won't lie to you and tell you I don't enjoy being rich. It's great. I get to do whatever I want, whenever I want.
But that was true before I had any money, either.
As a teenager all I wanted to do was geek out on my computer. Somehow I convinced my parents to let me drop out of school and do that.
In college, all I wanted to do was read, study and think. I considered becoming homeless in order to do that, because the library was free.
When I was in a band, all I did was write songs and practice. I wasn't even very good, and I had the time of my life.
There are necessities in life, but it's not too hard to navigate them even if you have very little money.
One might think that I can make these statements because I was born male, white and middle class in a country that makes life easy for white middle-class males.
But it's not just us "privileged" folk that are happy. I've met people from all over the world. People who have escaped detestable physically abusive parents, political oppression in Europe, extreme poverty in Asia.
Seeing what people have been through, and knowing the real joy in their hearts, I can tell you without a doubt that happiness comes from perspective and if you see the world in the right way, you can flourish in any environment.
That's why someone like Victor Frankl could find meaning in life while being held prisoner in a Nazi concentration camp.
If the market's bumming you out today, think about how much you do have, and how much easier your life is in relation to so many other people. The fact that you're even able to read my words on this computer screen means you're in a relatively privileged position compared to so many other people on this planet.
Thinking this way is one example of looking at things from a different "perspective" -- but of course, it goes so much deeper than that. If the people following me here on G+ are interested in this, I'll write about it more in the future.
Anyway, in short. Hope you have a smile on your face today. :-)
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