How much would you spend on happiness? Is it something you can buy? I had an experience today that made me happy beyond the normal feeling one gets when winning the lotto, today I popped into town and I saw a tall frail old man standing outside Spar. something made me stop at the next open parking lot. Generally I avoid stopping in town unless it is really required of me. Anyway I decided to walk past this particular old man for no apparent reason. As I passed him I look into his face and all I saw was a blank stare, he hardly acknowledged me, he looked tired. Tired of struggling, tired of hardship, tired of being hungry. To be honest I felt the exact opposite, I was energized, happy, buzzing after a successful meeting with a big client. The adrenalin was pumping and life was good. Here in the middle of town was my opposite standing less than a foot away from me. I knew it was time for me to share my good vibes. I popped into Spar and bought him something to eat, walk out greeted the old man and handed him the food. He looked at me with gratitude, gratitude not directed at me but at the world. As I got into the car I looked back at him, his head was bowed as if in prayer, I drove off and he was smiling, thankful to the universe for providing for him once again.
That little event left me feeling on top of the world. I just knew that I had so much to be thankful for, so much to give, so much to still experience.
So how much did happiness cost me today?