Security: Does it Exist? (Daily Dose of Wisdom)

Annie Mae Edwards
3 min readNov 30, 2022
Photo by Anne Nygård on Unsplash

“There is no security on this earth. There is only opportunity.” -Douglas MacArthur.

We ALL long for some sense of security in our lives. It is what makes us feel stable and balanced. It is what allows us to function better in our day to day lives.

When we don’t feel it, we can too often find ourselves placing blaming on whatever we can find that seems to make sense.

We can too easily incorrectly attribute that lack of a feeling of security with our inability to discover that secret “source of our happiness.”

“If only things were different, life would be easier. We would be happier.”

…or would we?

Personally speaking, I constantly find myself saying that if only I were more financially secure, things would be so much easier for me. I would be given more opportunities, making my path to happiness and success more attainable.

Yes, there is validity in this statement. An unfortunate fact of life is that your amount of financial wealth can help provide more opportunities.

Being able to afford what I deem as helpful to move forward in the pursuit of my dreams could make things easier.

Not stressing over bills would be more relaxing.

However, as unfortunate as that is, there are some important factors to keeps in mind.

Could that form of security i am seeking (in this case, more financial security) change life as I know it? Quite possibly.

  • However, it merely provides it. I am not guaranteed more success because a circumstance presents itself. I must utilize it in order for it to be of any possible help to me.
  • If it is provided, and I do utilize it, how can I be certain that it will actually be helpful? How can I be certain that it won’t lead me down a much different path?

We wouldn’t be seeking the answers to life if we knew exactly how it would play out in each scenario.

However, I found that I like many others sometimes place too much emphasis on something that is not…

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