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The Best Things in Life Aren’t Things

best things in lifeIf a genie offered you anything that you wanted, what would you ask for?

A big house? A fancy sports car? Your own jet? Sure, these material things sound nice and could be fun to have. The best things in life, however, aren’t things at all. No matter how many things you buy, there will always be something more you can acquire that is bigger and better. The cycle never ends.

Sometimes we buy things because we really want them. But would we want them if someone else didn’t have them? Keeping up with the Jones’s can get expensive.

I was speaking with a friend of mine a while back. He is extraordinarily successful when you measure his wealth. As a result of having lots of money, he has a very expensive lifestyle. I asked him if money weren’t part of the picture, what would he be happy doing. He said he would be completely content with a small house in a rural area since he is a country boy at heart. Unfortunately, he needs to continue to make a lot of money to feed his current lifestyle. He has created a situation that looks enviable to an outsider and many people would call him lucky. Yet he has drifted from who he is. How lucky is that?

Having more stuff makes us happy only temporarily. The joy of having the latest shiny new toy wears off. The joy of accomplishment, good health, friends and love lasts much longer. The best things in life are not things. They are good health and the relationships you have with people.


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2 thoughts on “The Best Things in Life Aren’t Things

  1. I live by this statement…it’s on my email signature block and I restate it to people everyday. When we come to the realization that the best things are NOT things, boy oh boy, does life really change. I like nice things…the latest purses and shoes and all but those things do not define me. They don’t drive me. Those things really provide nothing other than a temporary happy feeling (as you mention above). I’d choose a night in with my family & friends enjoying food, wine, laughter and creating memories over any shiny new thing that could be provided to me! Thanks for a great read!

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