“How pointless life could be, what a foolish business of inventing things to love, just so you could dread losing them.” ~Barbara Kingsolver …
In our search for meaning in life, we often become sidetracked by materialism and accumulation of possessions. And this can be expected, as so much of life tells us that we need new things–new cars, new clothes, new phones, new trends and fads, and on and on. But Barbara is right, it is a very depressing thought to imagine myself spending my life finding new things to love, new things to acquire–new things that truly only serve to create a greater reliance upon those very things that only provide me with temporary happiness.
Do you know of anyone who has faced a terminal illness or perhaps had an experience in which they nearly died? If so, I am confident that you would find that their experience has created within them a greater appreciation for life. Perhaps they do not value their possessions as much, for they know that they will soon be useless to them. Perhaps their priorities have changed dramatically and they now wish to live their life to the fullest or make a positive impact in the lives of those they love.
So many of the things we cherish most in life are not things that are newly invented, but things that have always been available to us–family, friends, love, peace, contentment, laughter, helping others, communion with God. Are they important to me? Have I become distracted in my search for happiness? Have I lost touch with “true meaning” in my life?
Life has great purpose. And when we are able to become of aware of this truth, and focus on it each day of our lives, we come to realize that life is much more important that any of the material things we can acquire.
Find a bit of happiness today in the things you already have available to you.
Questions to consider:
What are the things you love most in life?
If you found out you were going to die tomorrow, would those things you love most in life change?
How can we learn to let go of our dependencies towards material things?
For further thought:
“When people are on the point of drowning, all they care for is their lives. But as soon as they get ashore, they ask, “Where is my umbrella?” Wisdom, in life, consists in not asking for the umbrella.” ~John Wu