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Discontent on Maui

February 5, 2013 - Ray Tsuchiyama

Surrounded by the vast blue ocean, cool trade winds, grass and palm trees, and bright sun, we should feel blessed. And happy.

But even after eating tako poki, chips, hot dogs, and beer during the Super Bowl*, we return to daily life, on Maui, or anywhere, and there are many of us who feel the pangs of discontent.

That feeling is when we watch a Hollywood TV show and wonder why we don’t have a house with 12 bedrooms, 5 luxury cars, and no worries about the monthly electricity bill. That is part envy.

Discontent is more like a feeling there must be a better life out there and we are not enjoying it.

The feeling that we aren’t living “full” lives. And there must be so many others who are so much happier than us.

Discontent stops us from feeling happy.

It is very much a nagging gremlin in our minds.

For example, I told my spouse C.: “Is there anything bad living on Maui?”

True, we miss the bright lights of Honolulu, the restaurants, Japanese food, Ala Moana Center, even the crowds.

Again, though, when we watch the glorious blazing sunset along a sandy Kihei beach with dozens of others, some with cameras, others in religious pose, we talk to each other about how many friends send Emails or letters to us and write enviously of our lives, so serene and calm and beautiful. How can we even think of feeling discontented on Maui?

*After the first half and the lights off issue, spouse C. and I departed for the driving range (of course there was no one else), and when we finished, I was startled to find the final Superbowl score so close.


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