External comforts such as a house, a car, and a job, can ease the constant struggles of life, in terms of survival and basic necessities. You can satisfy your physical body, to a certain extent, by pursuing these worldly desires. You can make people think, “Oh, he is in a much better position in life than me. He is enjoying his life a lot more than I am.” The true measure of your life, however, is in how you look at yourself, and what you are in your own eyes.
Fortunately, our inner being cannot be satisfied by what we accomplish in the outer world. No matter how much we achieve in the outer world, a part of us keeps reminding us that we need to seek something different. That part of us reminds us that there is something more to the journey of life, and there is something more to us.
Someone who has fully embraced a worldly lifestyle needs an emotional path because they have paid no attention to the most important thing – themselves. They haven’t tried to understand who they are, the nature of their mind, or the nature of their body. Not everyone who is successful lacks an understanding of their mind and body, but that is usually how it is.
Only a few rare individuals take care of their emotional needs before achieving their worldly success. Those people are the happiest, because they have succeeded for themselves first, in their own eyes, and in their own understanding. They have understood clearly, “This is who I am, and this is what I want to do with my life.”