In the fall of 1922, Albert Einstein was in Tokyo, while preparing to receive the Nobel Prize in physics. A bellman came to his hotel Imperial Palace room door to deliver a message. Einstein was short on change, so he gave the bellman a note – a note that hundred years later was sold at auction for $1.56 million! But that’s not point of my post! I wish to share with you information what exactly did Einstein write in that note that was so valuable?
Here’s what Einstein wrote in his note to that bellman:
“A calm and modest life brings more happiness than the pursuit of success combined with constant restlessness.”
How can we apply Einstein formula or a theory of happiness in our life?
“…a calm and modest life” – Einstein knew that the key to success in life is to do what you love. He loved physics and he loved knowing that thoughts have power.
When he used the word “calm,” he probably meant that happiness is found by calmly pouring love into what you do. By using the word “modest,” he was pointing out that no single person has the ability to achieve great things on their own. Rather, there’s a greater power working with us and in us, and giving us life. You can call it power of spirit, G-d Universe, whatever….Hence,when you’re modest and humble, you know that you don’t have the ability to live just one day of life without this power. In addition to this, remember that you can be happy too while you’re creating success. You can be happy while you go about your day-to-day. And you can create more and more success along your journey.
Now, let’s take a look at the second part of his note and what did he mean ”…with constant restlessness”? Have you ever felt unfulfilled when life was good? Have you ever been busy and successful but sensed emptiness inside?
I meet so many people who are keep telling me that they feel restless. They have a feeling that there’s “something more” to life. Frankly speaking, I was one of those people.
Einstein taught us that feeling these emotions may mean you’ve made choices that have left you disconnected with yourself and your true passions – what you truly love. You’ve possibly made some life choices based on what feels “safe” instead of what fulfils you and lights you up.
The good news is that you can always find your answers and fulfilment inside by asking yourself,“What would I love?” Although your exploration might lead you to a new path, it’s self-examination that leads to peace of mind.
Hence, be grateful for
what’s already in your life, and you’ll be surprised just how
quickly more and more things you can be grateful for begin showing up
in your life… including more financial prosperity, business
opportunities, positive people around you and many other things.
In other words, you have the ability to control how you feel, hence,with consistent practice, you can form life-long habits for a more satisfying and fulfilling life.