During this time of the year many of us begin to think about what we are thankful for in our lives. The home and furnishings we have worked so hard to acquire, the employment we are blessed with and that enables us to provide basic necessities and little luxuries for ourselves and our families. We are thankful for our physical health and well-being which allows us to wake up each morning and greet a new day. Then of course, there is the most important aspect of our life, that of our family and friends whom we love and trust.
Maybe it comes with maturity, age, or just life experience, but whatever the reason, there are those who have learned that even though they are deeply grateful for their possessions and status, life is not just about “things”.
Life is not only about owning a large fully decorated home, fine jewelry, expensive clothes, rising quickly to the top in our career, or continually trying to increase our income to purchase more “things”. Don’t misunderstand me, I am not saying that we cannot enjoy the benefits of all that is available to us in this world but I am reflecting more on the question of what is our priority in life?
Do our material belongings and status in the world end up being shallow outward expressions of attempts to find self-fulfillment, happiness, and self-worth? Since it is impossible to satisfy the insatiable appetite that the acquisition of “things” perpetuates, true happiness, deep joy, and lasting satisfaction is born from personal relationships and not “things”. I believe that a life built on a foundation of healthy relationships that are continually nurtured will be a life of incredible joy and fulfillment.
Take a moment and visualize yourself without money, possessions, or status. What is left? Hopefully, you find yourself surrounded by rich relationships that will long outlast this mortal life.
“The most important things in life aren’t things.” ~ Anthony J. D’Angelo