Why is it so many focus on what they have none of, instead of having an appreciation for what they do? Too often people are caught up chasing their next possession, be it a car, new house, new TV, new clothes, new phone – the list is endless. They obsess over material items and forget to enjoy the little things in life that are so simple yet so special. We are fortunate to now have a comfortable lifestyle but my husband and I have put in the hard yards to get to where we are today. He has worked long and hard for many years, and prior to giving birth to my boys, I too, worked, my pay covering his uni fees. When we were first married, our bank balance was non existent. We couldn’t even afford the kerosene to light our heater and keep the cold at bay; instead we wore extra jumpers and cuddled under blankets. We didn’t go out. We couldn’t even afford to go for a weekend drive; petrol cost too much! Instead we played games, talked, and read (library books are free!) and our relationship thrived. I have fond memories of the night we sat for hours, taking turns to make plasticine shapes that represented items in the room. The other person had to guess what the object was and by the wee hours of the morning we were both laughing hysterically. Over the ensuing years we attended many lavish functions and social events but that night of simple fun is a standout highlight. I know that with money, or without, our love will be enough.
My advice is to not forego relationships to achieve possessions. Instead, treasure precious time spent with your children, partner and friends; material items are often superseded by newer models, rendering them outdated and useless. True friends and family will be with you for life.
Stop looking to the future. Live in the present…
“Wealth consists not in having great possessions, but in having few wants.”
“None so deaf as those that will not hear. None so blind as those that will not see.”