From another time an old Roman known as Seneca wrote,
“True happiness is to understand our duties toward God and man; to enjoy the present without anxious dependence upon the future; not to amuse ourselves with either hopes or fears but to rest satisfied with what we have, which is abundantly sufficient, for he that is so wants nothing. The great blessings of mankind are within us and within our reach but we shut our eyes and like people in the dark, fall foul of the very thing we search for without finding it. Tranquility is a certain quality of mind which no condition of fortune can either exalt or depress.
There must be a sound mind to make a happy man; there must be constancy in all conditions, a care for the things of this world but without anxiety; and such as indifference to the bounties of fortune that either with them or without them we may live content. True joy is serene. The seat of it is within and there is no cheerfulness like the resolution of a brave mind not to be elevated or dejected with good or ill fortune. A wise man is content with his lot, whatever it be – without wishing for what he has not.”
That old guy truly knew the secret of life. Our pursuit of happiness is in cultivating contentment.
Chris Bryant, Ph.D., MBA, RFC® is the founder, Chairman, and CEO of Bryant Wealth Management, Inc. Dr. Bryant is the author of 7-Steps to Financial Success and the Personal Financial Planning course. He provides advisory services for his private client group while engaging in a limited number of public speaking events each year. Dr. Bryant's work helps people enjoy life, achieve goals, and leave a legacy. Connect with Chris@BryantWealthManagement.com.
Chris Bryant is an American financial advisor.