When I was young, I want a big bungalow house. In the free time, I’d asked my father or my friends to drive me around an elite neighborhood with lots of beautiful and huge bungalow houses. I will admire the homes and their luxurious cars from outside. And fantasize living in the big house.

I guess part of it- as a young adult we’ve been brainwash by the society that if only you own a big house and deep pocket, you’ll be happy. So, part of me wants that. I want to be HAPPY!!

The truth, from the moment we’re born, we’re told to pursue more. Advertisements from every television, radio, newspaper, magazine, billboard and website scream to us on a daily basis that more and big are better.

As a result, we work hard hours so that we can spend countless ringgit purchasing the biggest homes, fanciest cars, trendiest fashions, most popular toys, and coolest technologist.

But, we all know it’s not true. We all know, deep-down, that happiness cannot be bought at department store-more is not necessarily better.

We’ve just been told the lie so many times we begin to believe it.

The equation: RICH Equal to (=) HAPPINESS

Is this wrong?!!


Over the years, working in a bank providing me with the opportunity to meet a lot of people from every walk of life. And still, the fascinating people I met was the rich, where money is not an issue. A cup of Starbucks a day will not make them poor.

I love meeting and talking to the rich because I was so drawn to what they have. Sometimes, I’d talk to them for hours, just to know their secret of being rich. At times, it can be intimidating, but I love the chatting. Some are very serious but, you’ll find some that are very humble and friendly.

One client that I found way more fascinating than others. She is an old lady, wealthy, lived in a double-storey bungalow house with an Indonesian maid and two super adorable dogs.

All her children are overseas, and she has no one here to live with her. I can tell, she is lonely, lonely and lonely. She lives in fear too.

Every night at 8 o’clock she will lock her whole house. And went to her second floor and again lock the door and grille. Yes, she has a grille and another door to her second-floor level.

She’s constantly worried about being rob, abducted, cheated or being harm; the list goes on and on…

Even, she was suspicious of her Indonesian maid.

Her story hit me hard.

The house I’d yearned for all these years wasn’t necessary. There were things in life far more enduring than a house or the stuff houses contain.

I don’t want to live in a big house and being lonely, and most certainly I want to live FEARLESS.

That day, I’ve changed. My vision changed.

What if, in reality, there is actually more joy in owning less?

That truth would change almost everything about us. It would change the way we spend our hours, our energy, and our money.

It would change where we focus our attention and our minds. It would change the very foundation of our lives. And if it were true, it would free us up to pursue the things in life that we most value.

In other words, it would be a life-changing and life-giving realization. At least for me.

My husband and I decided to stay in our small house and indulge our lust for the world. We wanted to see adventure as a lifelong value.

Our house might be small, but our lives-with careful budgeting and a little gumption-could be BIG & RICH!

Remember this- Material Things Will Not Bring You Happiness.

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