A useful reminder to ourselves
Was just thinking about some stuff recently and I realise that it’s funny how selfish humans can be. There are times we should feel happy for others but we choose to bitch about them instead, though we know jolly well deep inside what we are doing. It could be out of bitterness, jealousy, whatever. I am guilty of it sometimes. But it is definitely not healthy and not something we should regularly indulge in.
There are times we hope someone could genuinely say “Congratulations!” or ” I am happy for you!”. Instead, they talk behind your back, judging you in other ways. Not good at all. Just a big bunch of sour grapes.
On a separate note, I went to the book fair 2 weeks back (yeah! I was just thinking I hadn’t been reading for a while and had run out of books at home) to see what I could grab. In the past, I had bought books from unknown authors (most of them are unknown to me anyway) and had discovered some really good ones. This time was no exception.
There was a book written by the owner of Zappos.com, a big successful online company which was later sold to Amazon. Just reading the first few pages had me laughing to myself. I enjoyed it so much I had to buy it. In it was a paragraph which I want to share. I even made a mark in the book beside the paragraph. This is a very significant action, because 1) I like to keep my books (except school textbooks) very clean with no writings and 2)this is something I had not done ever since my schooldays where marking out paragraphs in textbooks gave me the false sense of assurance that I had been a hardworking student.
“I thought about how easily we are all brainwashed by our society and culture to stop thinking and just assume by default that more money equals more success and more happiness, when ultimately happiness is really just about enjoying life.” – Tony Hsieh, CEO, Zappos.com, Inc
I hope everyone can keep reminding ourselves of this.
And enjoying life does not mean all play and leisure, and not just about ourselves 😉