A lot has been written about happiness. How do you get it? A lot of people are meditating, and trying to practice mindfulness. I have seen groups form up that talk about “spirit” and other things. A lot of what they are talking about is similar to what I was taught in Sunday School.
Of course, the alternative is not being happy or being depressed. A lot has been written about that too. A lot of people I know have committed suicide, or gotten divorced.
My friend Jeff Spadafora moved from Chicago to Denver a long time ago. He and his wife decided they loved the mountains and wanted to be there. So, they picked up and left. Jeff was able to land a job before they moved. His wife was always self employed doing lifestyle businesses, so she just started a new one there.
Along the way, Jeff got involved with a thing called Halftime. Both Jeff and Michelle were Christian prior to moving, but Halftime really helped them find their faith.
Recently, Jeff started a blog. It’s about finding joy. The last post was highly interesting even for non-religious people. I think it also would be interesting to people that are religious, but not Christian. Jeff writes,
If I were forced to guess at the top three reasons why people don’t adhere to this truth, here’s what I would say:
The False Hope of Consumerism: We focus too much time trying to make money to buy things thinking the things will bring us more joy than solid relationships will;
The False Hope of Financial Independence: We think hitting some inflated, Wall Street-dictated number will bring us greater security than God’s provision
Seeking the Approval of People Instead of God: Too much time and negative energy is spent trying to prove to people that we are worthy, smart, beautiful, capable, successful, etc. — instead of simply focusing on what is pleasing to God.
Do you see any of these in your approach to life? I most certainly do.
I remember one day when I first started trading, one trader said, “What’s your out number?” That varies from person to person. It’s a moving target. He announced his out number was $4M at 5% interest rates. If he could scrape together $4M in cash, he’d get $200k per year and be fine. I have fixated on an out number. That is the False Hope of Financial Independence. Guess what, even when I was close, I wasn’t happy. Then the market crashed.
I have struggled ever since.