“Changing the world around us really doesn’t ever give us more than temporary pleasure. Changing the world around us is exhausting. Most of us spend our entire lives changing things in our environment in an effort to improve the quality of our lives. We seek more money, newer and fancier cars, more expensive houses, and more beautiful clothes as ways to feel better. The pleasure brought by this approach is only short-lived. It cannot last, since it results from an illusory belief, which is contrary to our reason for being. We are not here to accumulate things or to amass wealth.
The Universe created us to express ourselves as perfect reflections of itself. We are the vehicles of the Universe. We serve one another by giving freely of our talents and rendering services or making products which we create by virtue of these talents. The natural result of this process is that money and other material wealth flows easily throughout our lives. Whenever we reverse this process and make money the primary motivating factor, we lose. Seeking money, or other material things, invariably puts us in a position where we fail to support other people as our first priority.”
Arnold Patent, in “You Can Have It All”
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