About happiness, wealth and time

Years ago, an old friend, who was a stockbroker, once told me that wealthy people are hardly ever happy with what they have. “How come?” I wondered. We were walking down Sixth Avenue in Manhattan. “Have you noticed that beggar we just passed by?” he asked. “Not really,” I answered in earnest, “not until you pointed him out just now.” “That is no surprise,” he assured me, “we hardly ever notice anyone who is beneath us in their socio-economic status. And that is,” he triumphantly concluded, “why rich folks are never happy.” Being that I am a little thick, I was still a little confused, so my friend went on: “Wealthy people,” he said, “rarely stop to consider people of smaller stature than theirs, and say – ain’t I lucky with all the money and assets I have accumulated. They only look at the next person, positioned above them on the wealthiest people’s list, and say – I need to make it to the next level or else I cannot be happy.” We walked in silence for a while before he added, “trust me, I should know; all my clients are very wealthy, but none are really content.”
It was a chat that stayed with me as a life lesson.

And thus for me, sometimes, happiness is simply
being one with the kayak; in peace with the lake.
I don’t have to live by the water, even if I currently do.
I don’t even have to own a kayak; it is so simple to rent one.

Being content is making time to do something I enjoy doing and,
as a known sports apparel brand so eloquently put it:
Just do it.

p.s. this something should preferably not include anything to do with a keyboard; surf-board excluded.

Learned from: an hour of kayaking on the lake and an old friend’s tale

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About Ronen

Ronen Divon had been walking spiritual and holistic paths for well over thirty years. Born in Israel, educated in New York, and currently residing in North Carolina, Ronen had traveled the world, spending time with teachers, masters, healers and guides. With wisdom that spans multiple traditions, including the Far East, India, Israel, Brazil, Peru, and Native America, Ronen remains a student, learning and adding modalities that will best serve his clients, each according to their own unique needs. Ronen is also a published author, a Yoga, Meditation, and Tai Chi instructor.
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