How long does it take to get what I so wanted,
How long more to make myself happy,
How long must I wait to be contended with what I have,
How long before I get inner peace?
Nothing in my life is certain for sure,
Wait and wait I have to for a long time,
To achieve what I desperately needed.
I cannot complain that I am not happy,
But the wait makes me lose hope sometimes.
Even when I wait, I watch with dismay,
As people achieve that I so earnestly need,
Less the effort than I have to put in,
Quicker they get it than me,
Wait and I wait for these same things,
I get them only when the creator decides for sure.
Why do you make me wait my Creator?
How long before you feel that I am worth it?
What is the lesson that you want to teach me?
As my time goes on in this earth,
I see people consume and consume,
I am a poor man who seldom gets his way,
Lament like a child for time and effort it takes in my life.
I see the rich happy in their consumption and sad in their emptiness,
They fill themselves with goods all around them,
But their hearts are empty and minds desperate,
Yet they consume and consume.
Debts pile up, credits are lost,
They squander off their wealth in aimless disharmony-
Destroying their lives and the nature around them.
Dumbfounded at this realization,
I look around with a sense of understanding
That my life is not defined by what I want,
Because I am provided by the Creator with what I need.
My aim in life is not to live to make myself happy,
Rather I have to find the contentment within myself,
And help others in their quest for the same.
In the long haul there will always be happiness,
There will always be contentment.
Yet there is the realization that,
You do not need many of the things
That you wasted your life for at one time.
A grateful heart is a beginning of greatness. It is an expression of humility. It is a foundation for the development of such virtues as prayer, faith, courage, contentment, happiness, love, and well-being. James E. Faust
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