“Happiness is not having what you want. It is wanting what you have.” This quote by Rabbi Hyman Schachtel always seemed perplexing to me. I focused too closely on the “not having what you want” portion and totally missed the meaning behind it.
We all exist in a state of want. More money, better job, nicer home, prettier clothes, more loving partner, the list is endless. But just “wanting” will keep you in a state of more want. These days, everything happens quickly and we can exist in a state of insatiable desire. And most all of it can be achieved in minutes. But is that what it really takes for happiness?
“It is wanting what you have.”
The second portion of that quote is too often where we get messed up. Once upon a time, I thought it meant be happy with what you got ‘cause you ain’t gettin’ any more. Sad. That is existing in a belief state of lack. Feeling lack is what gets you stuck in want. Feeling lack leaves us never feeling satisfied with what we have. We believe we are missing out on something better, even if everything we Need is surrounding us.
Lack prevents us from feeling happy.
Abundance is free. Abundance is your connection to the Universe and knowing that everything you need will be provided for you. You may have to take action steps to get that, but if you listen to the Universe you will be guided on what to do. When you feel abundant, you will never want what you don’t need. I have no interest in having an airplane, so I obviously don’t need it. Sometimes when you feel abundant you will need less. Everything you have will support you and you will move through life with more ability to handle stresses. So how do you feel abundant?
Ask the Universe to help you.
“Universe, please help me to feel abundant in all forms. Help me to open my heart to experience all that I need. Thank you for helping me to allow this in my life.”
As you practice this, you will begin to feel differently about your life. You will likely still want things, but they will be what you need and you will discover ways to have them in your life.
Especially if they are already there.