Thomas Matthew is one of my Facebook, and Real life Friends. He had shared this in Fb. His Student, Raghavan, has written this.
WELL WORTH READING.
And, by the way, For those interested, some suggestions for iPhones from good ole me!
That simple little thing above is the Apple iPhone 6 Gold, 64 GB, and costs a mere 62.5 thousand rupees.
They also have the one below:
Now, to the Article:
Thomas Matthew had introduced it thus: A SHARE FROM RAGAVAN, MY STUDENT WHO TOO LOVES TO WRITE LONG…….
“Yesterday, I was at the driving wheel, and the FM radio went off for a few seconds. I thought, I should have taken my iPod. Then I realized suddenly that I had not used my iPod for the past 6 months. And then,,,,, more things,,,,,,, Handy cam in the last 2 years, Digital Camera in the last 2 months, DVD player in last 1 month and many more.
Now I can say that I bought that Handy cam just out of sheer impulse… I have used it only twice in the last 4 years.So, what’s wrong and where?
When I look at myself or my friends I can see it happening everywhere. We are not happy with what we have; but all are stressed and unhappy for the things we don’t have. You have a Santro, but you want City; You have a City, but you want Skoda. Just after buying a new phone, we need another one. A better laptop, bigger TV, faster car, bigger house, more money,,, and the examples are endless.
The point is: ‘Is it actually worth’?
Do we ever think if we actually NEED those things before we want them?
After this, I was forced to think what I need and what I don’t. May be I didn’t need this Handy cam or the iPod or that DVD player.
When I look at my father back at home.,,, He has a simple BPL colour TV, he doesn’t need 32″ Sony LCD wall mount. He has a cell phone worth Rs 2,500. Whenever I ask him to change the phone, he says calmly, “It’s a phone; I need this just for calls.”And believe me; he is much happier in life than I am with these limited resources and simple gadgets.
The very basic reason why he is happy with so little is that he doesn’t want things in life to make life luxurious, but he wants only those things which are making his life easier. It’s a very fine line between these two, but after looking at my father’s lifestyle closely, I got the point. He needs a cell phone but not the iPhone. He needs a TV but not the 32″ plasma. He needs a car but not an expensive one.
Initially I had a lot of questions….I am earning well; still I am not happy…why? I have all luxury about me; still I am stressed…. ……why? I had a great weekend, still I am feeling tired…… why?
I have met a lot of people,…. I have thought over it again and again; I still don’t know if I have got the answers. But I certainly figured out a few things… I realize that one thing which is keeping me stressed is the “stay connected” syndrome. I realized that, at home also I am logged in on messengers, checking mails, using social networks, and on the top of that, the windows mobile does not let me be disconnected. Even on the weekends, trying to avoid unwanted calls keeps my mind full of stress inevitably.
I realized that I am spending far less money than what I earn; even then I am always worried about money and more money feeling insecure….
I realized that I am saving more money than I would ever need. Still I am stressed about job and salary and my spendings.
May be, many people will call this approach a “non-progressive attitude”, but I want my life back.
Ultimately it’s a single life, a day gone is a day gone. I believe if I am not happy tonight, I’ll never be happy tomorrow morning.
I finally realized that meeting friends, spending quality time with your loved ones, spending time with yourself….. is the most important thing.
If on a Sunday you are alone and you don’t have anybody to talk to and you begin to feel lonely, then all those luxuries of life, all that money you saved is wasted.
May be cutting down your requirements, re-calculating your future goal in the light of today’s happiness is a worthwhile thing to do.
May be, selling off your Santro and buying Honda City on EMIs is not a good idea. I believe, putting our happiness ahead of money is the choice we need to make.
I think, a lot can be said and done but what we need the most is re-evaluation of the value of happiness and time we are giving to our life and people associated with it…
Think about it….. (Having more money is as problematic as not having enough money !!!!)
Formatting in Raghavan’s article is mine.
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