Happiness consists not in having, but of being, not of possessing, but of enjoying.
It is the warm glow of a heart at peace with itself. — Norman Vincent Peale
One of the great benefits of my sabbatical was relearning that any happiness that is derived from a possession is temporary. Yes one of these days, I’d still like to have a pickup truck, but even the joy of driving an old pickup would be temporary, and what the heck it may not be long before my kids take the car keys away anyway.
We meditate and pray, not to seek possessions, but to find Peale’s warm glow of our heart. We learn and experience the joy of being and the enjoyment of everyday life, whether it be the smell of honeysuckle, the sound of a child’s laughter, or the breathing of fresh mountain air.
This weekend ask yourself, “When and where do I experience my heart at peace?” and when you have your answer go directly there, “do not pass go, and do not collect $200.” Worldly possessions are nothing but Monopoly money anyway.