What My Maid Taught Me About Happiness: Read This

Shraddha Kite Shraddha Kite in Bakkar. Chai. Sutta on 31 May, 2017

We humans associate happiness with many things in our life. But when things go wrong, we end up being unhappy. Why don’t we keep everything aside just to live in the moment instead? I don’t earn much, but I manage to make decent amount every month in order to live my life in a simple way with a few savings for emergency purposes.

I have always felt like I have been unlucky in terms of job. My job profile isn’t very great. I am very frustrated and stressed with the kind of work I do and often feel like a loser. I don’t know where this path is going to take me as far as professional growth and success is concerned. 

In a nutshell, I am not happy with my work and really don’t know if this is what I want as a career. I have always dreamt of a job profile which would pay me well enough to have a life of comfort.

Not having satisfaction on the professional front has given me anxiety and stress that I began to feel so vulnerable about several aspects of my life. I feel as if I don’t have a happening personal life, social life or love life, or to put it in a better way, I feel as if I have no life at all. 

On the contrary, we have a maid at our house. She works at 4-5 houses earning around Rs. 12000 per month. Now, that’s about half of my salary. But every time she enters the house, there is smile on her face that I never fail to notice. There is so much contentment on her face, so much of peace that I could never have with the kind of worries and frustration I have.

She has 2 kids who live in her hometown while she lives with her husband and her brother. They live in a small room, which doesn’t even have proper facilities.

Every day when I get back from work, I see her husband pick her up. And then, they both leave our society holding hands, which is really sweet and romantic.

Though she does feel bad that she is away from kids, She manages to be genuinely happy, positive and content in her life. She made me question the kind of happiness we talk about, which comes with earning money and fame, being successful or having a luxurious life.

She is the one who taught me that happiness is all about our perception. Whether we get it from tasting success, getting married, being single or in love, or for that reason, doing any damn thing which makes you feel good.

Earning money doesn’t come with a guarantee of you living another day to spend it and live a luxurious life. Who knows, you might win a lottery of 10 crores and end up dying the next day. 

Happiness is all in our head, it’s just that we don’t notice it oftentimes. We are just running behind knowing things for sure and planning ahead, when life really is all about uncertainties.

Editor's Note:

Share this story if you believe that happiness is relative. What makes us happy is completely in our hands, and it’s really, all about how you see it.