The jokes on us.
We spend our life searching for security by acquiring money. The irony is that money is not what brings us security.
Fidelity Investments just completed a survey of U.S. millionaires. 42% of those millionaires said they didn’t feel rich. Many named the “magic number” of when they would feel secure at 7.5 million. In other words, just a little bit more than they had now.
My guess is if a similar study was done, but this time only interviewing those with a net worth of over 7.5 million, they would get the same result. Even when John D. Rockefeller, one of the richest men of all time, when asked how much money was enough, he responded, “Just a little bit more.”
What makes you Secure?
If money, cars, clothes, first class trips, and houses don’t make you feel secure, then what does?
You do this by detaching yourself from the desire to feel secure. You don’t give up the intention to create abundance in your life; you give up your attachment to the result. Once you let go of the attachment, you have freedom to create anything you want.
In the Seven Spiritual Laws of Success, Deepak Chopra states:
“Those who seek security chase it for a lifetime without ever finding it. It remains elusive and ephemeral, because security can never come from money alone. Attachment to money will always create insecurity no matter how much money you have in the bank. In fact, some of the people who have the most money are the most insecure.
The search for security is an illusion. In ancient wisdom traditions, the solutions to this whole dilemma lies in the wisdom of insecurity, or the wisdom of uncertainty. This means that the search for security and certainty is actually an attachment to the known. And what’s the known? The known is our past. The known is nothing other than the prison of past conditioning. There’s no evolution in that–absolutely none at all. And when there is no evolution, there is stagnation, entropy, disorder, and decay.
Uncertainty, on the other hand, is the fertile ground of pure creativity and freedom. Uncertainty means stepping into the unknown in every moment of our existence. The unknown is the field of all possibilities, every fresh, ever new, always open to the creation of new manifestations. Without uncertainty and the unknown, life is just the stale repetition of outworn memories.
How do you embrace the Unknown?
Start by defining your problems. Once you define your problems, look for opportunities.
This is why I made the case that you should pay your values first, instead of your goals. Paying your values keeps you open to new opportunities. And after all, embracing opportunities in the present is what life is.
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