Wouldn’t it be wonderful to actually stumble across a pot of gold!? Some of us my aready have one, or in other words, be financially secure and well-off. Though having money makes it easier to do stuff and buy more things, it does not bring happiness and joy. Whether we have money or not, we all experience in different ways and to different degrees the challenges of life. It is what we do with what we have and with the relationships, situations, challenges, and sufferings that come our way that will lead us to our pot of gold, or not.
Happiness is an inner state of being. External circumstances, events, and other people cannot make us happy. They are impermanant/temporary happenings that can be positive or negative, but it is how how we deal with them that will determine our state of being. For example, winning the lottery can seem positive, but if we throw that money away on addictions and self-destructive behaviors, it’s negative. If someone dear to us dies, processing the grief and being grateful for having that person in our life, makes it a positive experience.
Life is what we make of it. Our attitude and our willingness to see the positive and the negative, to embrace both joys and sorrows, and to learn and grow from the challenges that life gives us, is where we will discover true happiness and inner joy. May we all follow the rainbow of our inner Selves, for there is surely a pot of gold therein! Luck o’ the Irish to you!