Most of us haven't followed their strict self-sacrificing beliefs or ideals. In some cases, what one has is never enough as the grass is always greener and the next newer car, house, trip, pair of shoes, etc. etc. is always better. Or at least it seems that way.
For our physical and emotional health we need to strike a balance between the material and spiritual worlds, blending the two together in a way that helps us keep our stress levels under control.
By spiritual, I do not mean religious; I am referring to an inner peace facilitated by rest, relaxation, meditation, exercise, time outs, etc.
From my observation perch, I see a world drowning in stress—on call 24/7—striving all too hard for personal success, while families strive to raise perfect children, often at their own and their marriages detriment.