Confused

In countries where food is not plentiful, life is more simple, they have less of most things and people often sit in a group of friends or family and perhaps pray or say something to express their gratitude for what they have and what they are about to eat.

In other parts of the world, where food is plentiful and very often wasted, where people often sit alone to eat, the only thing that happens is people take a photo of their food and post it on Instagram for others to like. Then return to their smartphones and eat, not just consuming food but consuming yet more data.

We’re confused in our thinking that having everything equates to happiness. The people who have the least tend to have the most gratitude and joy in life and those that have it all are often unfulfilled.

Dependency

Dependency on others for our sense of worth, joy and fulfilment leads to resentment and a feeling of burden in them, and in us a feeling of disappointment when they are not satisfied by them.

Our fulfilment and joy are within. If we look inward instead of outward, we’ll find all that we need. We do not need others to be at peace, to have joy and to be fulfiled. That does not mean we do not want to spend time with others, it is simply removing the dependency element. True belonging is not about fitting in and relying on others, it is about being authentically ourselves and true.

Love being with others but do not depend on them, we’ll be happier and so will they.