Brisbane Airport, Australia 2016 (photo credit: Christian Espinoza)

What are you currently pursuing? It could be a new car or a new lipstick, more time for yourself, or just some peace and quiet.

I do this as well, at the moment it’s a new camera and a new book. I find myself in constant battle of desire vs resistance.

Material possessions are a sign of status, wealth, and importance in our society. It is no surprise that the biggest companies in the world spend significantly on branding and advertising to make you buy their products. They are selling you the notion of status.

If it’s more time and solitude you chase, then the sacrifice may come at the expense of seeing your friends and having an outgoing social life, yet another critical indicator of status. So when you put it that way you may almost feel as though you’re trapped in a pursuit of something you can never reach, or you may feel guilty in the process.

Although we will likely always be chasing something, we could change the what and the why. Knowledge is a pursuit I have always followed, and it doesn’t always costs me money, in fact it’s more often free and I feel great afterwards. Teaching is another pursuit which I grab at any cost, because I get to share knowledge that I already have. The byproduct of each virtue may bring wealth and status all on their own without you having to chase it.

Don’t spend time chasing something when it’s not worth catching at all.

Reflect, and ask yourself what you really want.

We swallow greedily any lie that flatters us, but we sip only little by little at a truth we find bitter.

– Denis Diderot

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