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Flash Fiction : No end to Desires: Satisfaction is the key to Happiness!

Updated on June 1, 2017
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As a writer Chitrangada likes to challenge herself by writing on different topics. That includes fiction, poetry, food, education, culture .

“Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.”

― Epicurus

Satisfaction is key to Eternal Happiness!
Satisfaction is key to Eternal Happiness! | Source

Inspirational Quotes:

  • When you are discontent, you always want more, more, more. Your desire can never be satisfied. But when you practice contentment, you can say to yourself, 'Oh yes - I already have everything that I really need.'

~~~Dalai Lama

  • It is much easier to suppress a first desire than to satisfy those that follow.

~~~Benjamin Franklin

  • Learn to be pleased with everything; with wealth, so far as it makes us beneficial to others; with poverty, for not having much to care for, and with obscurity, for being unenvied.

~~~Plutarch

All great thinkers and social reformers have insisted to adopt this philosophy in Life, whether it is Lord Buddha, Swami Vivekanand, Mahatma Gandhi and many more.

How I learnt a lesson of life from a little girl!

© Chitrangada Sharan July 2012

All Rights Reserved.

We need to learn,

how to want ,what we have NOT,

to have what we want,

in order to get steady and stable Happiness.


~~~Dalai Lama

There are certain things, which cannot be learnt from textbooks.

Life is a teacher and off and on it makes us realize the complex facts by simple examples and observations.

How beautiful will it be to adopt the same teachings in our real life!

# The Simplicity Of Life #

  • This is about a teenage girl, named Lakshmi. She used to work in the crop field along with her father, quite near to my home and she taught a very important lesson of life to me.
  • A vibrant smile and clear bright eyes dazzled on her face.
  • Though her dishevelled hair and shabby clothes defined her poverty. All through, she used to hum and sing in a low voice and enjoy her work.
  • I was always attracted to her because I never ever saw her in a sad or depressed mood.
  • I was curious to know more about her~~~.
  • I used to wonder and observe her from a distance~~~!!

In a world, where, even if we have a house, we want another one, a bigger one.

If we have 10 or 20 pair of clothes, shoes, we still want more--the latest in fashion and perhaps more expensive than the previous one we purchased..

If you have a car, you still want a car---the more advanced and a bigger and costlier one.

The list is endless!!

### One Day ###

One day, I just called her to talk to her.

Her simple thoughts touched my heart.

I gave her some chocolates and one pair of clothes.

She was overjoyed and promised to wear them the next day and---SHE DID!!!

Singing and enjoying her work, she looked like an angel with her selfless smile.

### The Next Day ###

The very next day, I again peeked to see her, whether she was wearing her new dress.

No, SHE WAS NOT !!!

She was back into her old dress.

But the vibrant smile and bright eyes were the same---------!

I was a bit puzzled!!!

But this made me realise ---- 'There is no end to desire.'

### The Lesson ###

When I come to think about how many wishes do we have!!!

One wish is achieved and another one crops up.

Sometimes we tend to forget that we are not here forever.

Why does the accumulation of wealth becomes so important for us!!!!

I wonder, how those who do not have enough are still happy and more content.

The reason is so simple and clear------

Only those who have an innocent heart, like this young girl Can remain Happy!!

Satisfaction is the greatest wealth, which can lead to Happiness.

There is no end to one's desires
There is no end to one's desires | Source

Why do we keep on treasuring our belongings, whereas ultimately all we have to do is to leave everything behind, but our 'Name.'

— Chitrangada Sharan

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To Sum Up:

  • Life's most important lessons are learnt, not in the text books but in real life, by real people.
  • Just as in the above mentioned incident, when a little girl taught me an important lesson of life.
  • Of course we read it in our textbooks, in our Holy books, but unless we experience it in reality if does not have an impact on our mind.

# There is No end to desires--Satisfaction is the key to Happiness!

# Make yourself such that there is nothing left to Desire!


© Chitrangada Sharan July 27, 2012

All Rights Reserved.

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There is no greater calling than to serve your fellow men. There is no greater contribution than to help the weak. There is no greater satisfaction than to have done it well.

~~Walter Reuther.

Can you buy Happiness? No, you can't!  Feel happy in the midst of Nature!
Can you buy Happiness? No, you can't! Feel happy in the midst of Nature! | Source

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© 2012 Chitrangada Sharan

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      Joyce Haragsim 4 years ago from Southern Nevada

      I think a lot of us are this way. I know I am, but not quite so bad as I used to be when younger.

      Voted up and beautiful, Joyce.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Hi Writer20!

      Thanks for reading and commenting. Incidentally, you are the first one to comment on my debut Hub. It means a lot to me. Thanks again.

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      TIMETRAVELER2 4 years ago

      This was quite beautiful and made an important point. Voted up and beautiful.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Hi TIMETRAVELER2!

      Thanks for stopping by and appreciating. Thanks again.

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      Sheila 4 years ago from Surprise Arizona - formerly resided in Washington State

      Very necessary reminder about who we are and what is most important.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you sweet C Lady for stopping by and reading. Have a good day.

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      Venugopaal 4 years ago from India

      Only those can remain happy, who have satisfaction and an innocent heart. You said it... It's touching...

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      thoughtfulgirl2 4 years ago from East Coast

      Said simply and eloquently. A wake up call for many people. We need to appreciate what is right in front of us.

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      Jim Higgins 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      Very well done and inspriational too. Up!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you thoughtfulgirl, for stopping by and appreciating. It means a lot to me.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you xstatic sir. Thanks for stopping by and appreciating.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks naimishika for stopping by and appreciating. Thanks a lot.

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      bloggering 4 years ago from Southern California

      Nice hub! A good reminder that happiness comes from within whether you have money or not.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks bloggering, for stopping by and appreciating. A very warm thanks to you.

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      Marlene Bertrand 4 years ago from Northern California, USA

      This is probably the biggest lesson of all to learn in life. What a beautiful story. Thank you for sharing it with us.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks MarleneB for stopping by and appreciating the story. I am glad, you liked it. Thanks and have a nice day.

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      Tom Ware 4 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Vipassana Teacher, Goenkaji, tells a very amusing story along the same lines. More or less how, once bitten by the bug of discontent, there is no end to wanting. Only a complete change in one's life philosophy can bring about the contentment one might have had before the bug to that bite.

      Loved the story.

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      One can only feel comfortable in simple things and often enjoy what they have

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      Chitrangada Sharan 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks Tusitala Tom, for your valuable comment. Thanks for visiting and appreciating.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks DDE, for stopping by and commenting. Have a good day.

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      Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

      Such a touching story, chitrangada. I agree desires knows no bounds!

      voted up as beautiful story!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks Ruchira, for visiting and appreciating. I am glad you liked it. Thanks and have a nice day.

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Reminds me of what billybuc--one of the great hubbers in here, once said in his hub: "I need shelter, love and food." And this is so true, anything else I think are luxuries we don't really need. As long as I have the bare necessities of life, I'm good.

      I leave you now with some thoughts to ponder: " Too many people buy things they don't need with money they don't even have, trying to impress people they don't even like" ~

      Peace out my fellow hubber.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks CrisSp, for your visit and your valuable comment. You have given some excellent, 'Thought for the day', if I may quote it like that. Thanks again.

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      Harish Mamgain 3 years ago from India

      Whatever you have expressed here arises in my mind too often. I think happiness is a state of mind and if our basic needs of life are satisfied, we begin to get happiness out of small or big things provided we don't aggravate fires of our greed continuously. It is our greed that does not allow us to stop and relish what we already have and instead instigates us to grab more and more madly. I agree that satisfaction is a surety of happiness. The story of that cheerful girl is very elevating ; we can learn from her how to get joy from whatever we already have. I loved going through this beautiful hub and yes, voted it up. :-)

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      Chitrangada Sharan 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks Harishprasad, for reading this hub and sharing your beautiful thoughts! I completely agree with your views and appreciate adding more value to this hub, with your insightful comments.

      This is my very first hub on HP and very close to my heart.

      Thanks for your continued support!

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      Brian Leekley 3 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      The Grimm Brothers story The Fisherman and His Wife also teaches this lesson, that desires for wealth, possessions, authority, etc., are insatiable, and for pleasures are only temporarily curtailed by the size of our stomachs and capacity of our glands. But life would be dull without desires. What works for me is just in time desire.When an American robin is singing, that is just the time that I desire to enjoy its song. When my wife today gave me the gift of a hot supper, that was just the time that I desired to enjoy sitting down to eat with her. The girl in your story understands that the gift of this moment is what we possess. What will be the good old days are happening now. Now is the time for attention, joy, and gratitude.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks B. Leekley, for your kind visit and insightful comments!

      I agree with your point of view. 'Now' or the Present is the most significant time. Well said!

      Thanks and glad to meet you!

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      Happiness does not come from what we own but from how we appreciate the simple things of life. Your message is beautiful and I loved your story.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you teaches12345, for your visit and wonderful comment!

      Glad you liked the story and the message.

      Simple things like the smile of a child give more happiness than material things!

      Thanks!

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      Sheila Brown 2 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      This is a wonderful story and very true. We should learn to be happy with what we have and not continuously want more. We can learn much from the hearts of innocent children who have not learned greed.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Hi sgbrown!

      Nice to see you after a long time. Many thanks for your kind visit and positive thoughts. Glad you liked this hub. Thanks for the share as well!

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      Nell Rose 20 months ago from England

      Very wise words Chitrangada, the more we have the more we want, but that is not the way to do it, just be happy and be grateful, nell

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      Chitrangada Sharan 20 months ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Nell, for your kind visit and appreciation of the hub!

      You are so right --just be happy and be grateful. Glad you liked it.

      Thank you!

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      Susan Britton 18 months ago from Ontario, Canada

      This is an important message in todays Money madness world. I agree, to be happy exactly where you are now, is a good lesson to learn. We need to slow down and smell the roses. I wonder how many of us really do this?

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      Chitrangada Sharan 17 months ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you suzzycue, for your kind visit and insightful comments!

      You are right--'we need to slow down and smell the roses'-- beautifully said!

      The message is so appropriate for today's World.

      Glad you liked it.

      Always a pleasure to hear from you. Thank you and Happy New Year 2016!

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      Linda Bilyeu 17 months ago from Orlando, FL

      Well said!! Words we could all learn a lesson from.

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      Susan Britton 17 months ago from Ontario, Canada

      Happy New Year to You ChitrangadaSharan . May this 2016 bring Peace, Health and Happiness to your family and ours Hubpages.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 17 months ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Linda, for reading and appreciating!

      Glad you liked it.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 17 months ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you suzzycue, for visiting again!

      Happiest 2016 to you, your family and our Hubpages!

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      Daisy Mariposa 14 months ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Chitrangada,

      What a beautiful lesson to be learned! It would not have surprised me if Lakshmi paid it forward and gave the dress to another teenage girl.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 14 months ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Daisy, for reading and appreciating the hub!

      I agree with your thoughts about Lakshmi.

      That reminds me of a quote---"It is so simple to be happy but it is so difficult to be simple."

      Thanks again and take care!

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      Nithya Venkat 14 months ago from Dubai

      Great words of wisdom and inspiration. We should all learn from Lakshmi and yes satisfaction is the greatest wealth one can have. Voted up.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 14 months ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Nithya, for your kind words of appreciation! You are right, satisfaction is the greatest wealth.

      Thank you for your comments and support!

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      Tom Ware 14 months ago from Sydney, Australia

      There is often a very thin line between seeking 'glamour,' that is 'fame' and that of wishing to provide a service. For if a person believes they have talent they might wish to be 'well known' so they can serve more. It's an ego jostling with Real self thing.

      I must admit this has been something in me for a long, long time.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 14 months ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Tusitala Tom, for revisiting this hub and sharing your deep observations and valuable thoughts on this subject.

      I believe that we humans always struggle in this matter at least within our mind and our actions are determined by our thoughts.

      Thank you for your kind visit and insightful comment!

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      Robert Sacchi 4 months ago

      This Hub has a powerful message. Thank you.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 4 months ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks Robert Sacchi for your kind visit and appreciation of the hub!

      Glad you liked it!

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      Robert Sacchi 4 months ago

      You're welcome.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 4 months ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks again and have a good day!

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