We live in a world where the value of things is greater than the value we place in people. As a society, we are increasingly shifting priorities from the days of old when we focused on strengthening family values to how many friends one can amass on Facebook. We are hooked on reality shows, computer gadgets and the monthly release of the newest version of the iPhone. We spend an innumerable amount of hours in front of the television thirsting over things we think we need in our lives and most of the time cannot afford. We have allowed our things to define us. It’s time for a change.
First understand that you are not your stuff. Your things are just that, things. Simply, you are defined by what you do with what you have not just what you have. Unfortunately, many people share different views. We are wrapped in a culture that promotes excess and a thought process that subscribes to “it will never be enough” attitude. Don’t believe me? How many pairs of shoes do you currently own? Certainly more than one yet that doesn’t prevent us from buying the next one we “have to have”. It is puzzling how some people own over a hundred pairs of shoes yet they only have two feet. Think about it.
Awards eventually tarnish, the ink on certificates and diplomas eventually wear off and new cars do eventually break down. Understand that your stuff can always be replaced but you cannot be. Know that you can always buy new things but there is not a price you can put on the value of your life. You can have all the land in the world and still be homeless. It is a fact that the best things in life aren’t things. I encourage you to refocus on what’s most important in this world, YOU!
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