Sunday, December 30, 2007
Some people believe possessions and material goods make you happy. They even go so far as to think such possessions are a reflection of themselves – that owning “things” will show the world how successful and accomplished they are. And granted, there is an element of truth in that.
But people don’t like you for what you have, they like you for who you are.
I’m the first to admit I enjoy my creature comforts – a nice home, a car and yeah, lots and lots of books.
And I’m not a total flake. I agree with the saying, “Money may not bring you happiness but try living without it.”
I’m fortunate I’ve never had to live near or at the poverty level. (Student poverty doesn’t count.) I’m also fortunate to have learned when I was very young that THINGS do not bring lasting happiness. A temporary one, yes.
If you don’t possess the love and respect of others or the ability to find contentment within yourself, you’re going to have a tough time finding that happiness you seek.
But if that’s the route you’ve chosen, best of luck.
I’d rather have the love.
(Sorry for the rant – there are times when stating the obvious just feels good.)