Often, my friends and I get engaged in a debate about the prevalent general unhappiness in Pakistan. Everyone around us is usually found complaining about one thing or the other; the latest being CNG price hike.
Anyways, one day on my way to gym, this led to a debate about redefining who in fact is a happy person? Who is satisfied with their current situation? and is there a way we can find out the key to satisfaction? The answer to this has to be a billion dollar one.
Satisfaction may mean one thing to a person and entirely different to another. Some crave for money, others are popularity. And there are those who pine for their beloveds, others need a child to fill their world with satisfaction … n so on n so forth! Some of us have bizarre desires but nonetheless, they are desires! Also for some, perversion yields gratification… like the paedophilics and necrophiles. Hence, attaining satisfaction does not always connote a positive thing.
Wile lecturing my ideals regarding satisfaction, I noticed a car stood stranded at the road side with a middle aged woman standing under a dimly lit street light and a young boy trying to push-start her car . Seeing the ‘gravity’ of the situation, we rushed to help them and it took us only a little while when we fixed the coughing car. No monetary reward, just in a feeble voice, the women said, ‘thank you’ ‘Allah khush rakhay beta’
A couple of minutes tops, we all spoke out together. The only real satisfaction is in giving only!
The pleasure that you derive knowing you are the reason for someone’s comfort is the only true satisfaction that we crave for and that is attainable. The rest is only a mirage one is running after, a never ending vicious circle of desires that deserves only one label – greed.
However, giving is one sure thing through which we gain immediate as well as lasting contentment. Think of that smile set on your parents’ faces after you do something for them, and the happiness that flushes on your team member’s face when you appreciate them for their good work. What about the pleasure you derive when you help people in need with your hard-earned money. It is only then when one understands the actual essence of the word satisfaction, and not the dictionary meaning.
May God bless us all and grant us real satisfaction!!