In life, we must face the real issues. The things society tells us we must have to be happy – a new this or that, a bigger house, a better job. I know the falsity of it. I have heard stories of many people who have all these things, and I can tell you they are not happy because of them.
The number of marriages that have disintegrated when they had all the stuff in the world. The families who fought and argued all the time, when they had money and health. Having more does not keep you from wanting more. And if you always want more – to be richer, more beautiful, more well known – you are missing the bigger picture, and I can tell you from experience, happiness will never come.
When a baby coms into the world, its hands are clenched. Why? Because a baby, not knowing any better, wants to grab everything to say, “the whole world is mine.”
But when an old person dies, how does he do so? With his hands open. Why? Because he has learned the lesson – “we can take nothing with us.”