Things That Matter and Things That Don't
I'll be completely honest here and admit that I care more about what my children are wearing than they do. My boys don't care for neatly combed hair or branded clothing. They couldn't care less what sort of car we drive or what type of milk we drink. They don't place importance on which shop their toys or food come from. They read books from the library and play with hand-me-down toys.
My seven and eight year old children don't see rich and poor, new or old, they don't care what colour skin their friends have or what brand of shoes they wear. It is a really nice perspective to try and maintain.
Steve Jobs, one of the world's wealthiest men wrote this just before he died:
As we grow older, and hence wiser, we slowly realize that wearing a $300 or $30 watch - they both tell the same time...
Whether we carry a $300 or $30 wallet/handbag - the amount of money inside is the same;
Whether we drive a $150,000 car or a $30,000 car, the road and distance is the same, and we get to the same destination.
Whether we drink a bottle of $300 or $10 wine - the hangover is the same;
Whether the house we live in is 300 or 3000 sq ft - loneliness is the same.
You will realize, your true inner happiness does not come from the material things of this world.
Whether you fly first or economy class, if the plane goes down - you go down with it...
Let us look beyond our material possessions and feel rich by what matters most - family, friends, kindness, relationships, love.