It’s Not About the Money

Guest Post by Melissa Pawlowski, Aspiring PR Agent

Day in and day out, people throughout the world lie, cheat and steal. Everyday someone is talking behind someone else’s back, someone is taking someone else’s idea and someone knows he/she is doing something morally wrong, but still does it. The world is corrupt; living a fulfilling life nowadays has nothing to do with how calm or peaceful one is, but instead how much money one can make. Money runs the world, money is what people are constantly striving for and money is the definition of success. It seems so easy to join in with everyone else in this race for the money, but maybe instead we should all listen to John Kabat-Zinn: “Perhaps the most ‘spiritual’ thing any of us can do is simply look through our own eyes, see with eyes of wholeness, and act with integrity and kindness.”

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What do we see in the world when we look for wholeness, integrity and kindness? Do we see money? No, we see the better things in life, the things in life that make us happy. John Kabat-Zinn has it right, meditation may not have to be long or time-consuming, it may just be stepping back and looking for the finer things in life. This book taught me when I am constantly thinking about the future, which includes graduation, job hunting, and paying bills, it is a good common practice to take a few minutes to see what I enjoy about life. It isn’t working a job or looking to cut corners to make money, it’s the things that make me happy that I think that make life enjoyable. Family, friends, moments; no money is necessary in any of these things to enjoy life, only happiness. Happiness is an important part of life, meditating can make us happy, as can enjoying life. Happiness can stop people from lying, cheating and stealing. Maybe instead of focusing on money, we all should focus on happiness. Happiness runs the world, happiness is what people are constantly striving for and happiness is the definition of success. Following life by those rules doesn’t sound so bad.


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