“You Can’t Lie, Cheat or Steal Your Way To Happiness!”
Habitually Happy people are high achievers, they believe in trying to be their best and doing their best all of the time. They are goal oriented, but there are lines they definitely will not cross.
“When I do my best I can let go of the results knowing I can do no more,” one said.
“You cannot lie, cheat or steal your way to happiness,” another commented. “You can lie, cheat and steal your way to riches, power and position. We all know people who do, but none of them seem to be truly happy.”
That’s true, they know they are not doing their best and they are not proud of their actions. They also don’t want to be found out. They often feel empty or like fakes or frauds.
For some people money is all important. The more they value it, the less happy they seem to be. And there are lots of people who have money but no happiness.
For others power is the primal drive. Power and control over others distorts relationships and keeps the honesty and love that propels true happiness from ever flowering.
Think of people with lots of money and power who have lost touch with reality precisely because of these things. A certain fading, moon walking rock star comes immediately to mind.
“I have never been able to conceive how any rational being could propose happiness to himself from the exercise of power over others.” Thomas Jefferson, Third President of the United States (1743-1826)
Jefferson was a man with money and power who realized the emptiness of both.
Can you be happy with lots of money, power and fame? Absolutely! But not if you make them your major concern.
The people who are happiest have made happiness their primary aim and goodness their guiding goal.