Treasure for the Taking
There is a bit of a disconnect when it comes to the things most people say, and the things most people do. For instance, most people say that history repeats itself, yet we continue to make the same mistakes generation after generation. In a similar way, the majority of people will say that with age comes wisdom, and therefore, we should listen to the advice of our elders. Nevertheless, when it comes to actually following that advice, the majority of people fall short. This is despite the fact that time and again, age-old advice is proven to be true.
Most of us like to think of ourselves as unique, but truthfully, we are all human beings with the same needs, wants and desires. No matter what era we are born in, we are still human and the fundamentals of human nature remain constant. We all basically want to have that magic thing called, “happiness.” Well, we have a treasure trove of information available to us about the key to happiness from the successes and failures of those gone before us. We just have to listen to it . . . but for some reason, we rebel against it. We come up with excuses and rationalize that things have changed, and the advice of our elders doesn’t hold true in this day and age. It’s time we wake up and smell the coffee and listen to those whom have “been there, done that.”
Take the quote by Albert Einstein recently found scribbled on a napkin in France. He shares his secret for happiness, writing,
“A quiet and modest life brings more joy than the pursuit of success bound with constant unrest.”
Countless other intelligent sources have tried to give future generations advice on finding happiness such as the following:
“Don’t sweat the small stuff”
“Money does not buy happiness”
“Success is not the measure of a man”
“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”
Yet we still remain a dollar-driven society, walking on top of one another and stabbing each other in the back to “get ahead.” We have mothers and fathers choosing work over family. We have women and men choosing Sugar Daddy’s and Sugar Momma’s over love. We have boys and girls idolizing millionaire pop stars and athletes over real heroes and role models.
We need to understand what our elders are telling us. Getting ahead has nothing to to do with material things. Once again, we must say, wake up and smell the coffee. You can’t take it with you people. Enjoy the here and now. Find happiness in a sunset, a bird song, and the joy and comfort of connecting with others. We urge you to take Einstein’s advice and the advice of all of your elders.
Remember what your Great Grandma told you:
“Enjoy the day and savor the moment, because you don’t know how long you’ve got.”
“Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.”
Remember the advice of your Grandpa:
“Save 10% of everything you make in order to pay yourself before you pay anyone else.”
“All you need to court your sweetheart is one chocolate milk shake and lifetime of respect.”
Think about what your fifth grade teacher said:
“If you don’t lie, you never have to remember what you said.”
“Cheaters never prosper.”
Finally, don’t discount the advice of your Mom and Dad:
“True beauty on the inside will always shine through to the outside no matter what kind of hair day you are having.”
“What other people think of you is none of your business . . . Don’t let others steal your joy.”
We would love to hear some of the advice you have gotten from your elders. Please feel free to write us a comment and share. Thank You!