To be without some of the things you want is an indispensable part of happiness. (Bertrand Russell, 20th century British philosopher and social critic)

Many people seem to find their security and happiness in their possessions—the stuff they have around them. Russell claims, however, that when we learn to do without some of the things that we think are essential to our well-being—it’s only then that we can become content. We need to understand that happiness is not in what we have but in what we are.

Whoever fears the Lord has a secure fortress . . . for riches do not endure forever (Proverbs 14:26; 27:24).