The electric current flows in proportion to the potential difference; the life current flows in proportion to the intensity with which we feel the gap between where we are and where we can be, or between what we are doing and what we are capable of doing/contributing.
Beware as achievements, success and money can give you a lot to live with, but nothing to live for. And it is not what you live with, but what you live for, that gives you hope, joy, meaning, happiness and purpose. Riches are a poor excuse for purpose! If you have to pity, pity not the one without money, but the one without purpose and passion. Your index of wealth is not the balance in the bank but the passion you feel towards the purpose in your heart. Striking passion in your heart is akin to striking gold. The only fundamental wealth we have is that of passion. You can create anything with it and also lose anything without it. However, an insecure man feels too secure with the present to try any experiments with it.
People say every cigarette reduces your lifespan by an hour. That could indeed be true, but truer is the fact that an hour spent doing something unwillingly and reluctantly has already subtracted an hour from your life. Life is not a collection of days you manage to breathe but of “today” lived passionately to the hilt. Indeed, your life is only as long as the number of such “today”.
Those who lack passion feel that if they could get this promotion or this kind of a blank balance or get rid of this physical problem, they will really be happy. But the fact is that those whom they find extremely happy or lucky in the life usually have similar problems, if not more serious ones. The difference is that the latter, unlike them, instead of getting bogged down by problems have an intense passion to resolve or overcome the various odds. We, human beings, like any piece of iron can propose to finish ourselves in two ways: we may rust or we may wear ourselves out. While rust looks uguly; wearing out brings shine!