We've been so conditioned to believe that the only goal in life is to be a big success: to fight for the things you want and to get ahead of your opponents. American businesses are very much into the rat race: they boast about how much better they are than their competition, and they would even call out their competition by name.
Political campaigns are notorious for jumping in this race. Instead of hearing about stuff we really want to know, all we hear is how the opponent is ruining everything. Political campaigns want to gain your trust by shaming the competition. See? The rat race is only for the rats.
Here's another thing about the rat race: success is never guaranteed, and even if you get success, it could be taken away. All that hard work you've done to get ahead in life could be destroyed in moments.
One customer at the garden center where I do seasonal work in told me of his multimillion-dollar sister. She played the lotto and won millions! Two years later, she died of cancer.
There's another story of a man who founded one of the world's leading network marketing companies who died at a young age. The cause? Possible suicide from drug overdose. This man was a millionaire.
There's another story of a man who had millions of dollars, lots of success, and a leader in his company. He was found dead in his pick-up truck. The cause? Probable suicide from gun shot.
And then there are stories of divorce, death, depression, you name it, from people who ran in this race. They wanted to gain the whole world, but they lost their souls in the process. They wanted to conquer and wound up being conquered. They all became like helpless rats being hunted down by cats.
And really, what are you racing for? Everything in this world is temporary. Nothing in this world is guaranteed to make you any happier than you are now. The ancient Israelite King Solomon once wrote, "I have seen a grievous evil under the sun: wealth hoarded to the harm of its owners, or wealth lost through some misfortune, so that when they have children there is nothing left for them to inherit. Everyone comes naked from their mother's womb, and as everyone comes, so they depart. They take nothing from their toil that they can carry in their hands. This too is a grievous evil: As everyone comes, so they depart, and what do they gain, since they toil for the wind?" (Ecclesiastes 5:13-16)
Life shouldn't be a race. Life shouldn't be a competition between you and the world. If you join in this race, you will never win. Why? Because there will always, in your mind, be something else to conquer. There will be no end to it. All you'd really gain from this race is misery, anger, and emptiness -- and eventually, you could end up like those other successful folks who took their lives.
Contentment where you are is key to enjoying your life now. Wanting what everybody else wants and stepping on people to get what you want is no way to live. It is a quick way for destruction. Don't join this race. Let the other rats have at it -- and you won't have to worry about the hungry cats!