Unlocking eternal happiness
In the western world, we have a tendency to turn our holidays into occasions of stress, expectation, and worry. Each person seems compelled to magically convert what could be a personal sacrament into a measuring contest. How much do you have? Do you have a perfect loving family? Do you have as nice a home as Uncle Fred? Did you drive up in as nice a car as Mrs. Anderson? What does that say about you?
We could use this event to ask other questions. Have we been given these miraculous bodies that serve us faithfully and heal themselves if we listen to them? Have we been given another sunrise, another day on this amazing planet that will also heal itself if we don't block out its voice with our own selfish concerns? Have we been given the quiet, subtle voice of God to listen to if we can only become quiet enough?
The answers are always yes. The day is always this day. Throw away the measuring stick and serve someone. Happiness does not need to be sought, only uncovered.
"One should know as to how to live in the world and he will be happy. Your body and wealth is useful in the world and your mind is useful on the path to God. Do not apply too much mind in the world than necessary otherwise it would be a waste and a loss to both material and spiritual aspects of life. Just like putting more than necessary gum to paste the envelope. The gum will be wasted and the envelope will be spoiled."
Shankaracharya Swami Brahmananda Saraswati