When I attend Jay’s workshop a few weeks ago I gained an interesting insight from one of many discussions. It was the concept of how many of us embrace symbols of happiness and that often we do not realize that the things we have actually represent happiness, but don’t bring it.
Take for example a photo of a white sands beach, an island paradise. We see many people have these types of photos pinned inside dreary cubical or as our computer desktop. What is this really? Why are we compelled to hang such a photo in our homes, work, etc? Subconsciously these are symbols of happiness, but they, themselves don’t bring happiness. If anything they are reminders of something that is lacking in our lives.
It is an interesting perspective when we evaluate our personal belongings aka stuff, often which we have way too much of. Here is a video where Jay talks a little about it.