Happiness May Bring

The King James version of the Bible says it this way – “Seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.”

In 1977 my mentor said to me: “place the spiritual first and there’s nothing you can’t do.”

But hearing that statement is one thing, doing that is another.

Some 43 years later, I am here to report that everything he said was true. The worst day of my life was the greatest thing that ever happened to me. By losing every material stitch I was forced to reach out and place my efforts towards reaching for the only thing I had left to fall back on. I didn’t call my banker, my lawyer, nor my accountant, but rather a meat cutter/ carpenter/electrician; my spiritual advisor.

And for the next three years, as my material life was stripped away, he set me on a track that I have followed ever since.
By placing my efforts on the spiritual rather than the material world, on the giving rather than the taking side, by striving to attract” rather than to achieve, I have amassed a fortune. And the material fortune is far less important than the spiritual & emotional ease that I’ve received.

Does one beget the other? Does spiritual discipline and emotional balance attract material wealth? Well here’s my conclusion in a capsule:

“Money won’t bring you happiness; But happiness may bring you money.” JHM, 1986