One of my favorite words in Finish is “ilo” which means “joy”. I love the sound, idea and meaning of it. But it is not easy to be joyful. I think it is not a coincidence that the International Labour Organization is abbreviated as ILO.
Gretchen Rubin, who writes about happiness, has concluded that it is hard to be light. By this she means that it requires work to be happy although it looks easy. But it’s not. It’s not easy to see the positive side of unpleasant things whereas it is much easier to sulk.
I knew once a person who was able to see the positive side of things. Even when that person was dying, I would hear stories about the lovely soft kitten they had or their smart son. This person had all the reason to sulk and feel miserable being in pain and emotional distress – but decided otherwise. Only years after I realise that lightness was harder to obtain than it seemed to others.
I’m terrible at being light. Becoming a parent has forced me into trying to be light. But at times, I’m sulking when I could decide otherwise. However, it seems being light gets easier when I try harder. It’s hard to be light, right?
I happened to come across a Vanity Fair from last summer and got caught on an article about prince Jefri. I usually never pay attention to superrich as in Finland the little of them tends to keep a low profile. When I do pay attention to extreme wealth it is because I’m astonished how oddly the money is used. Usually it annoys me, and reading about prince Jerfi made no exception. I guess it is enough to say that has or has had a yacht named Tits, which came with lifeboats named Nipple 1 and Nipple 2.
It’s not that money wouldn’t make my or others’ lives easier. Additionally, it is quite easy to lament about money from a Nordic welfare country. Yet, Mammonism provokes me. Isn’t life about something else than acquiring loads of money and showing it off?
Excess of anything makes you sick. It could be money, poverty, sugar, or alcohol. It can also be a feeling, like jealousy, enthusiasm, or fatigue. At least I’m easy to lose my personal balance unless I’m careful enough to listen myself. And not just the first voice craving for more chocolate.
In the end it is a matter of happiness. How does one choose to live? The old wisdom says that money doesn’t make you happy. Thus, spending millions of dollars per month is not a necessary condition for happiness. If it is I am never going to be happy!