"The night is wet with dew, and the stars twinkle in the heavens.⠀
The Saints remain wakeful; they are the Beloveds of my Lord.⠀
The Beloveds of the Lord remain ever wakeful, remembering the Naam, the Name of the Lord, day and night.⠀
In their hearts, they meditate on the lotus feet of God; they do not forget Him, even for an instant.⠀
They renounce their pride, emotional attachment and mental corruption, and burn away the pain of wickedness. ⠀
Prays Nanak, the Saints, the beloved servants of the Lord, remain ever wakeful."⠀
Gυɾυ Aɾʝαɳ Dҽʋ, SGGS, ANG 459⠀
ਭਿੰਨੀ ਰੈਨੜੀਐ ਚਾਮਕਨਿ ਤਾਰੇ ॥⠀
ਜਾਗਹਿ ਸੰਤ ਜਨਾ ਮੇਰੇ ਰਾਮ ਪਿਆਰੇ ॥⠀
ਰਾਮ ਪਿਆਰੇ ਸਦਾ ਜਾਗਹਿ ਨਾਮੁ ਸਿਮਰਹਿ ਅਨਦਿਨੋ ॥⠀
ਚਰਣ ਕਮਲ ਧਿਆਨੁ ਹਿਰਦੈ ਪ੍ਰਭ ਬਿਸਰੁ ਨਾਹੀ ਇਕੁ ਖਿਨੋ ॥⠀
ਤਜਿ ਮਾਨੁ ਮੋਹੁ ਬਿਕਾਰੁ ਮਨ ਕਾ ਕਲਮਲਾ ਦੁਖ ਜਾਰੇ ॥⠀
ਬਿਨਵੰਤਿ ਨਾਨਕ ਸਦਾ ਜਾਗਹਿ ਹਰਿ ਦਾਸ ਸੰਤ ਪਿਆਰੇ ॥੧॥⠀
New things provides instant gratification, sure, but life-long happiness? Not so much. Having the latest version of the iPhone might be nice while it lasts, but you can rest assured an even newer (and better!) one will follow. There is always going to be a better version of everything you own, so let go of your need to have the latest-and-greatest thing and be content with what you have.
The pursuit of materialistic things is also a distraction from the important thing: the pursuit of your goals, happiness and connection with God. It can be hard to stay interested in attaining these when they requires patience (the opposite of the instant gratification materialism provides). Contentment, love, peace and happiness isn’t a tangible thing you can buy. If want to buy something that will lead to these things mentioned, spend it on experiences (not things). The joy of buying stuff fades over time as you get used to having it (i.e. it’s not “shiny” and “new” anymore). But spending on experiences (not necessarily with money but it could be time) will help you get closer to God, Sikhism,happiness, the people you care about, and provide you with positive memories, feelings and connections that you’ll remember and feel better for.
Stop trying to please other. If you invest all your energy into doing what you think others want, it's impossible to live according to your own values.
There are only so many hours in the day, so it's important to invest your time doing the things that matter most to you.
In Sikhi terms as highlighted here this is realising God, obeying Gods hukam (command/order) and ridding yourself or minimising your self conceit (the 5 evils).
The principle of Sadh Sangat is when people who do Sadhana come together, the group aura is very powerful and this stimulates the meditative energy of all, and produces an uplifting and inspiring atmosphere. Coming together in community to do kirtan, meditation on God, and sewa, enhances the effects of all for all.
A person is known by the company (or sangat) that they keep. We are the result of our environment.
So the company that one keeps is a great force and it plays a big role in shaping the person. Those who live in the company of thieves, robbers and evil persons, acquire evil ways of life and are bound to become thieves, robbers, etc. Those who keep the company of saintly people are shaped in the saintly mould and destined to follow the path of spirituality.
The sangat you keep should help you forget about attachments and egotism. They should help you rid of the 5 evils and bring you closer to God and onto the right path.