“The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it.” ~Henry David Thoreau …
How often do we look at the cost of something by the amount of our life it will consume? It is an intriguing concept, and I am sure that my life would be lived a lot differently if I remained constantly aware of the amount of time I am exchanging for things. For instance, it sure is entertaining to watch TV and movies, or to play video games, or to spend my time on working on hobbies, but when I do so, am I aware of exactly how this time is being spent, and that once it is gone… I can never get it back.
It really is about living life in a way that will not result in me having regrets. And always trying to acquire the latest and greatest, or trying to amass more and more of something, is probably going to leaving me feeling unsatisfied. Doing so will keep me searching for something more, trying incessantly to appease that lack of peace and happiness in my soul that cannot be found in possessions and worldly things. We are not of this world. And although we often do not want to admit it, because of this truth, we can never find happiness in the things that are limited to this world.
The more we have, the more we want. And the more we want, the more unhappy and dissatisfied with our lives we will become, for riches can be found only in living life to the fullest at this very moment.
Before doing anything today, take a moment to think about the amount of your life it will consume.
Questions to consider:
Are you aware of how much time you are exchanging for things?
How can we focus on “living in the here and now” and enjoying the present moment that is available to us?
Why do we continue to accumulate things even after we realize that we lack the time to enjoy the things we already have?
For further thought:
“Happiness resides not in possessions, and not in gold, happiness dwells in the soul.” ~Democritus