Many people around keep struggling to acquire comforts besides their basic needs like food, clothing, and home. The comforts are essential for better living and satisfaction.
The comforts required are in the form of materialistic possession, money, fame, power, family, health, pets, travel, etc.
We spend a lot of time working hard to make money or other comforts expecting them to give us satisfaction, but there is no guarantee that those comforts if possessed will give the expected level of satisfaction.
In reality, we spend many hours time by giving up god given comfort, i.e., lifespan. The lifespan for everyone is limited and the certain amount of time in it is spent on acquiring comforts.
So in a way we are giving up some form of comfort in exchange for other forms of comfort. This is an expensive business, and if we do not get the satisfaction from the acquired comforts, it will be a big waste.
On the other hand, satisfaction is not exchangeable. Satisfaction is an experience and is sorely felt by the individual and cannot be given to others. Because everyone will not be satisfied with every form of comfort to a similar degree and in the same way.
Hence we need to realize that wasting a lot of time to acquire comforts is nonsense. It will be wise to make a balance between satisfaction and comforts.
We are in a position that we cannot decide what comfort is and what gives satisfaction. There are also instances where we believe that if we possess certain comfort, we will be satisfied with it but later on, acquiring that comfort, we realize the truth that that comfort does not give us desired satisfaction.
Hence we need to be careful about selecting comforts and the extent of satisfaction.
The spiritual scriptures advice us to “be satisfied with what we have and not to run behind comforts” to be at peace. But this seems to be impractical.
Effect of having comforts without satisfaction:
1. Chances of addictions: Many people who have the comfort but not satisfied are addicts to drinking wine, smoking or even drugs.
2. Dissatisfied life: life seems to be meaningless. They just pass the days without any goals.
3. Detachment from society, i.e., unwilling to be as per social expectations. They might even get depressed.
Ex: Howard Hughes who is the founder of Howard Hughes medical institute had a lot of fortune. But, since he was mentally ill without a proper car from loved ones, he became dissatisfied with life. Hence, he took the charity route where he gave his wealth for the betterment of society. This is an instance where the presence of comforts does not guarantee satisfaction.
4. Depression and suicide attempts.
Instances of giving up satisfaction for comforts:
- A girl or boy leaves her boyfriend or girlfriend because he/she lost the money.
- A person changes his career as he can’t make sufficient money from his career of interest.
- A man marries a rich woman and leaves his favorite girlfriend.
Comforts can give satisfaction, but satisfaction can also be present even without comforts.