The true antidote of greed is contentment

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Eventually You'll Reach a Limit of What You Can Get

…when you reflect upon the excesses of greed, you’ll find that it leads an individual to a feeling of frustration, disappointment, a lot of confusion, and a lot of problems. When it comes to dealing with greed, one thing that is quite characteristic is that although it arrives by the desire to obtain something, it is not satisfied by obtaining. Therefore, it becomes sort of limitless, sort of bottomless, and that leads to trouble. One interesting thing about greed is that although the underlying motive is to seek satisfaction, the irony is that even after obtaining the object of your desire, you are still not satisfied. The true antidote of greed is contentment. If you have a strong sense of contentment, it doesn’t matter whether you obtain the object or not; either way, you are still content.


by His Holiness the Dalai Lama (born 6 July 1935)
from The Art of Happiness,
The Right to Happiness; Inner Contentment

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3 Responses to “The true antidote of greed is contentment”

  1. Abimbola Akanwo Says:

    How very true…

    Contentment – a combination of acceptance of today’s reality, tomorrow’s endless possibilities, the inner strength and belief that one can make it happen and the courage to follow up and follow up and follow up…

    A lesson my maternal Grandmother instilled in me….Thank you Mama mi.

    Thank you Your Holiness.

    🙂 Thank you for the post Elizabeth…

  2. E. A. Able Says:

    When I read this I wonder if the ability to feel content is like a muscle that atrophies without use. We need to practice gratefulness on a regular basis, no matter what is going on in life – there is always the possibility of being grateful for breathing, or reading, or hearing music in the way rain falls. There is always something.

    And thank you, Abimbola. 🙂

  3. Juanita Says:

    Indeed. As Mahatma Gandhi said: “There is enough for everybody’s need, but not enough for anybody’s greed”.

    I’m busy reading H.H. The Dalai Lama and Howard C. Cutler’s book: The art of happiness in a troubled world”, so this extract resonates a lot with where I am in my head space at the moment.

    It’s all about growing the grass under you feet, not waiting to cultivate contentment at some unknown future date.

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