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Reflection on a Famous Quote – April 23, 2012, by Danny J. Stevens

“Happiness lies not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort.”

~ Franklin D. Roosevelt

Possession of anything material or which represent wealth is a byproduct of some service or accomplishment (also a service). How much we earn is in direct proportion to the service we provide to others.  You can argue that this cannot be as you show up to work and what you get paid is small.  I had to examine this as well.  I know I have a tremendous amount to give.  I desire to be of service to others.  Yet if the income I am making isn’t adequate, then it means I am not providing a meaningful service.  If we examine this deeper and I am providing a meaningful service then I need to find a way to give more and expand my horizons.  

Your time is not lost.  What you give out will come back.  It may not come from the same source that you give.  It will come because it is an unbreakable law in the universe.

If you are receiving and have the money or the material possession, then it means you have already provided the service.  What Franklin D. Roosevelt is stating is that it is not in the reaching of the goal or dream where true happiness originates.  Happiness is in the creation and day to day work to move towards that goal or dream.  We all must have a surplus of dreams and working on the creation of those dreams as we are creators and we desire and need to be of service.


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