Being surrounded by and constantly bombarded with the endless variety of desirable things that this world offers, it is no wonder that we get knocked off centre and are left with feelings of anxiety and incompleteness. In a desperate but futile attempt to try to have it all (all at once) we over-indulge and binge on all that appears to be good and attractive. In the process of trying to secure the thing that we equate with pleasure, we inevitably find that fulfilment is not forthcoming.
To get the most out of a thing, to derive maximum enjoyment and pleasure, it is rarely necessary to go to the trouble of actually, physically acquiring it. What is needed is to alter ones perspective and to learn how to enjoy more rather than to necessarily have more.
If you find yourself in a state of unhealthy wanting or a feeling of lack, being “with-out” then it is a sure sign of the necessity to go within. As you must know from your own experience, the pursuit of your object of desire, whether it be a thing, person or situation is not going to supply you with what it is that you ultimately want anyway.
If your own past experience is not enough, because we do tend to forget our lessons and need to repeat them, then you can learn from other people’s experiences. Just look at those that are already in possession of the things that you want. In the majority of cases you will see that on the level of real satisfaction and contentment they are in no way better of than you are.
I believe it takes a certain level of intelligence to break through this mindless and outdated syndrome in which we find ourselves pursuing a mirage, much like the proverbial donkey chasing the carrot. Once you recognize and see through this mechanism, even if it is a brief insight, you will be generously rewarded by the great realization that you can obtain infinitely more by simply manipulating your perspective and increasing your ability to savour and enjoy.
If you think you want this (eg. money) so you can have that (eg. security, happiness) then what you really want is that (security, happiness) and not this (money).
The moral of the above quote; do not take the round-about path, go direct.