I remember back when started my first policing job, I was making just for $20, 000 a year. Back then, I figured that if I ever made $40,000 a year I will have had it made! I would be able to have the car and house that I wanted. Forty grand just seemed to be the benchmark that would mean that I had reached my life goals. That was fifteen years ago and since then, I went to another department that had much better pay. I got promoted, which came with a huge pay raise. Needless to say when I did our taxes last week, I had surpassed that 40 grand benchmark by a couple of dolars.
Funny thing is, even though I've have passed that mark where I thought that I would have everything I wanted, I still work extra jobs in order to bring in extra money. As a matter of fact, here in a couple of weeks the Royals will be starting a new season and I will be working their games for money in addition to my other off-duty job. Those two jobs are in addition to my regular police job. It's proven to be true that no matter how much money you have it won't be enough.
I am a very happy person. Thing is--it's not because of my salary. It's not because of the extra money my off-duty jobs bring in. Heck, now that I think of it, I've was happy when I was a kid and we were poor, living on welfare and food stamps. Money doesn't bring happiness (although it certainly doesn't hurt at times--lets be honest) But it is love that truly makes a person happy.
St. Josemaria said that "You need a heart which is in love, not an easy life, to achieve happiness." (The Furrow, 795) It is through love that you achieve happiness--both in this life and in the next. It isn't until that we realize this and give up trying to buy our happiness that we can be fulfilled. Happiness--we are all after it. Unfortunately, we all seem to think that money will get us there. Maybe it's $40,000. Maybe it's a Cadillac. Or a house with a three car garage and a swimming pool. None of that's going to do it. I don't know why we try. After all, the Beatles told us forty-five years ago that you "Can't Buy Me Love."
Has anyone else tried to find happiness through material goods?