The Best Things in Life Aren’t Things
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.