When is it ever 'enough'?

Thursday, 29 August 2013

"The truth is that our finest moments are most likely to occur when we are feeling deeply uncomfortable, unhappy, or unfulfilled.
For it is only in such moments, propelled by our discomfort, that we are likely to step out of our ruts and start searching for different ways or truer answers."
- M. Scott Peck

Anne Frank once said that "we all live with the objective of being happy - our lives are different, and yet the same."

What is the true measure of happiness, really? Can it simply be measured by how one feels at a certain point in time? By what one has? Or by the promise of hope? Can it be said that when we eventually obtain what we yearn and long for... we will truly be happy?

Is there ever a point or a limit as to what we perceive as 'enough to make us happy'? Will we ever be able to feel contentment simply by having what we think may bring us happiness?

Happiness is elusive, perhaps - especially when your personality deems you to be someone who succumbs to sloth, temptation, and sometimes even the basic needs for survival. It's never enough for most of us... for example, when we have $50, perhaps there is that niggling voice in the back of our minds that we can in actual fact have $500 or $5000. Or maybe we are not happy with our present earnings, we think to ourselves that living hand to mouth and stretching that dollar till the next payday will not be what we have to subject ourselves to should we be earning more.

Then again, what makes us think that we will not spend as much as we earn? Triple or quadruple your earnings now... perhaps we may still be waiting for the next payday in our designer togs and Manolo Blahnik clad feet.

You can never get enough of what you don't need to make you happy.

At the end of the day, what determines happiness is not our material wealth, but how we choose to perceive every single thing that we are subjected to, in life. It may sometimes be hard to be happy when one is faced with an insurmountable task or feel a sadness so heavy that we may not think we are able to smile from the heart again, but for every thing in life... I do believe that we tend to appreciate happiness more if we were to know and understand how sadness feels. Sometimes joy can be the source of your smile - but at other times, your smile can be the source of your joy.

What do you think?


  1. Indeed...being thankful for what you already have and content in whatever state that you are in, is key to true happiness. Happiness can become a very elusive concept esp when you set objectives to it. After achieving one goal from your how I can be truly happy list, there will be 101 other never-ending goals to achieve.

  2. Reg, I agree with you. Happiness is subjective to each of us. My pursuits may not be yours and vice versa. How can we measure the same for all our happiness? :) as of now, I'm happy where life has taken me. I'm happy with my choice to be a sahm. And happy to be around like minded friends who are always there for me. :)



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