Frederick Keonig once said “We tend to forget that happiness doesn’t come as a result of getting something we don’t have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have.” Mr. Keonig was a German inventor best-known for his high-speed printing press. Although, I would argue it is this quote that made him more famous. He died in 1833 but it is his words that live on.

It seems we now live in this material world where instant gratification from credit cards, iPhones and the internet seem to give us everything we want instantaneously. Gone is any pause to evaluate the intent of such wants and desires. We now live in a world where we buy now and pay later. And still, it seems when we surround ourselves with clutter and awake from the fantasy of keeping up with the Jones’s; we ask ourselves, if there is more to life? Our material world of Twitter, Facebook, Target and Amazon brings us warmth and energy instantly but it is later that we claw and ache for more. Such transient desires it seems leave us with an empty feeling. It gets worse when we regret what we tweeted last night or face booked over the weekend. It gets worse when we get the credit card bill in the mail and realize that our materialistic desires are causing us to suffer needlessly; many times unknowingly.

In a world of currency and capitalism; in a world of internet traffic and commuter traffic; in a world where money and power is fleeting, we need to attach our happiness and wellbeing to something more fixed and dependable. It starts with recognizing and appreciating what we already have: Simple observations would include nature, energy and those that love and care for you. And finally, being mindful of the present, sans of ego, fear and fantasy: Your energy and spirit being rooted in the now, satiated with what you already possess and hungry to gain little and prosper more from it.

John C. Bader