With each passing day I grow surer of the capability of the human mind and the power which dreams can infuse in sinew of the otherwise naïve and faltering human being. People run to the ends of the world in search of education or wealth. But the one thing which is going to accompany you through, is your own self. Hardly does one understand that roots of immense prosperity are rooted in their own self, hidden to the world outside. While most people wonder with awe how a person could be simple and content with his humble possessions, this man takes great pleasure in knowing that he has found the treasure house which he can never loose.
We can easily see that a materialist is only capable of squandering his wealth (which is material and can never stay forever) and seeks earthly pleasures in this short life. Or at least, so is the perception of many who run behind material possessions. How wonderful it is to spread happiness and make each other’s life a pleasure. How precious it is to count our blessings, the smiles we spread, in being down to earth and showing the other that he wins, which bring happiness to that yearning soul. Only when one conquers his inner self can he train himself to see life in simpler terms and get solutions that work. So far as we remain slaves to circumstances and remain a worldling, we cannot find peace in life neither can we produce results – results which can truly change our life. He who has mastered his self masters his fate, brings hope to fellow humans and becomes a source of inspiration which is far greater than any material possession on earth.
To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson