It's no surprise. I'm not fancy in any respect. Neither are my kids. Oh sure, to me, they're superstars. Still, I don't expect any of them to become ultra rich and famous. In fact, now that they're grown, I know that's not where they're headed. They're good, average people with kind hearts and caring consciences. They do the work they love doing. I'm OK with that. In fact, I'm ecstatic about it. So are they. Why? Well, let's just say we prefer sunrises and starry nights to tiaras and limos. So, why do I think my kids are happier than the rich and famous?
1. My kids know what's important in life.
They're not seeking happiness through "success". They already have it. They look for happiness inside themselves, as they should. They know it's not found by furthering their financial status, becoming well known or having the highest IQ. All these things are fine, if that's what you want. What if you never achieve them? Doesn't everyone have a right to be happy, regardless of circumstances? Of course they do. That's why I taught my kids long ago to create their own happiness, even in the worst of times.
2. My kids don't buy what they don't need.
Besides, they can't afford to. How does that make them happier than the rich and famous? Well, let's think about it. If they don't have as many possessions, they don't have to maintain them. They don't have to find a place to put them. They don't have to worry about them being stolen. More importantly, my kids shop less and do more. They have more time to spend on the things that really matter to them. You know what I mean. Instead of taking exhausting shopping trips, they do things like watching those sunrises and starry nights with the people they love.
3. My kids stress less than the rich and famous.
They don't worry about wearing white after labor day, whose palm they have to grease to get into all the right places or all that other meaningless crap that occupies the minds of the upper crust. What's more? They have no desire to belong to any exclusive organizations with mind boggling rules, requirements, secret codes and questionable ceremonies. They can get up in the morning, put on some jeans and a t-shirt and go about their business. Who cares what other people think? They don't have to impress anyone or put on airs. Their bank accounts may not be chock full of dough. That's OK. Their hearts are chock full of happiness, not stress.
4. My kids are not constantly in the public eye.
They make mistakes, just like everyone else. They just don't have to read about their mistakes over breakfast. They don't wake up (or go to sleep) wondering what the latest gossip being spread about them is. They don't have to explain every single little thing they do or say to the entire nation, or even the entire neighborhood. There is value in being average and unknown. Their private life is their own. As it turns out, I also have something much more important than money or power. I have the peace of mind that comes from having kids with good intentions and happy hearts. Now that's front page news!
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