There is nothing better than having a break away and getting away for a few days. Leaving behind all the chores, taking time out from the business and instead seeing new places – or sometimes returning to our favourites. Taking time out is something we really look forward to.
We know not everything is going to go 100% smoothly, life isn’t going to be perfect. But when you are on holiday/vacation, that is when you are a little more tolerant and make the most of the things that go really well.
The friendly hotel staff, tour guide, the local who pointed you in the right direction when Google insists you go the other way (or does that only happen to me?). The sights and delights of being away should override the odd delay, like the the traffic congestion to the airport, the long wait in line for an attraction or the rain that suddenly descends out of nowhere and your umbrella is back in the hotel.
Well, it seems everyone isn’t like us. It was late afternoon, on the last leg of a day trip and we were enjoying an easy 45-minute river ferry ride back to our destination. We were taking in the sights, looking through the photos we had taken during the day and deciding where we were going to pick up a bite to eat on the way back to the hotel. The thought of a harbour-side café with cold refreshments and a relaxed atmosphere was beckoning.
We couldn’t help but overhear a group of affluent, middle aged travelers returning after a day trip, back to their very large cruise ship.
We had seen the cruise ship in the harbour the night before. Spectacular, sitting big and aloof among the commuter boats (it brought back visions of Little Tug from the children’s stories). Chatting to others later that night, it seems this is the cruise line you aspire to – total luxury for those that have the wherewithal to pay.
Our fellow travelers on our humble ferry trip were certainly in that category and judging from their conversation, this wasn’t their first cruise. They seemed to be regulars on the cruise circuit, knew all the cruise lines, which were the best and which to avoid.
And here’s the thing. For the whole 45 minutes of the ferry journey they did nothing but moan, groan and complain. Not only about their current cruise but ones they had done as far back as 1998!
They were so busy complaining they missed the scenery and talked themselves out of any enjoyment they might have got that day. But they did seem to get a huge enjoyment out of trying to outdo each other’s complaints!
They really did fit the stereotype of rich and grumpy! Nothing was good enough for them.
Past a certain point, money doesn’t buy happiness. Sure, we need a certain amount of money to live so that our basic needs are met and maybe a little more to make our lives comfortable won’t hurt.
If you are relying on money to make you happy, don’t. You will find that the ‘Happiness Bar’ gets higher as your bank balance does. Expectations grow and when those aren’t met, your actual happiness decreases and that often (far too often), leads to grumpiness.
But it doesn’t have to be this way. You see, happiness is a choice.
Making the most of every minute of the day, is a choice. Letting go of the things that haven’t gone so well, is a choice.
You can choose to be happy no matter what your bank balance and your circumstances.
So, which will you choose? Are you making the most of every day and the resources that you have, or are you playing the, “I’ll be happy when…” game?
Don’t envy those who have more than you. It really isn’t worth it.
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