Desire, Posession, and Happiness


Why do we desire that which we do not possess and seldom possess what we desire? Why do we seldom desire what we possess and possess what we seldom desire?

If we were to discover that we desire all that we possess, we might be supremely happy. But for some reason, the desire is almost always directed toward that which is immediately unobtainable. Ironically, if the desire becomes a possession, the desire fades and the possession loses its value.

What if we were to have desire only for that which we possessed? What if we never desired that which we did not possess? Would that even be possible? Is it possible to rejoice over the increase of possession when the desire for that increase was not there?

It seems that the possibility of enjoyment increases when possessions are unlinked from desire. Happiness is not found in the fulfillment of desire, but in the appreciation of possession.

It is because we are not content with what we have, that we desire what we don’t have. The problem with this discontent is not that we have nothing to value, but that we don’t know how to value what we do have.

Perhaps the only reason I think this way is that I desire to possess this skill and am yet unable to fully value that which I already possess.