I watched an interesting video of Gopal Gaur das on youtube. It resonated quite a bit . It talks about a happy farmer family who the king sees and says with surprise, “they appear more happier me, despite all my riches” . He asks his minister for a reason, who says to give 99 gold coins and to revisit in 6 months. The minister leaves 99 coins at the family’s doorstep. The farmer counts and finds and feels stressed about the 100th coin and doesn’t rejoice the 99 coins he just got. In life we are all similar, we postpone our happiness by say, maybe next job, next house, next car, next travel. We live in a world of social media where instant gratification and comparison are the norms. We miss the point of living in the moment and just keep trying to find happiness in newer goals.
The point of the story was that 99 club is where we already have 99 coins of happiness but we run after the 100th one which we possibly don’t even need. It made me deeply introspect, I made my husband watch it along with me. I guess we are all guilty of this , we just think we are almost there, if this will happen then I will be happier. But that state never comes, we always have something else to achieve. Its an endless vicious cycle called life, embrace the 99 coins you already have and enjoy those.
“Happiness is a journey, not a destination” emphasizes that happiness is not a fixed point that one reaches and stays at forever. Instead, it is an ongoing process that requires effort, growth, and a willingness to embrace the ups and downs of life. It means that happiness is not something that can be achieved by simply acquiring material possessions, achieving a specific goal, or reaching a particular stage of life. While these things may bring temporary pleasure, true happiness comes from within, and it is a state of mind that can be cultivated through positive habits, attitudes, and actions.
Remember, feeling content is a journey, and it may take time and effort to achieve. But with the right mindset and actions, you can cultivate a sense of contentment in your life. Always remember this story and try to think of what you already have achieved or have, than feeling sad for something you are working on or which doesn’t even add value like the 100th coin.