“Material possessions will rust away, wear away, or depreciate, but your inner resources–character–must never depreciate. In seeking success you must also seek fulfillment. Ask yourself not only what you want to be, but who you want to be.” ~Elizabeth Dole …
How often do you find yourself putting your values and priorities in material things that will not last rather than in your character? As Elizabeth mentions, things of this world rust away and perish… but who we are does not. It is therefore imperative that we never allow our “inner resources” to depreciate. And in a world that applauds wealth, power, and fame, remaining constantly aware of the things that truly hold value in our lives can become quite a chore.
I find it sad that someone might feel that losing something-or-another would be the end of the world. Sad because it means that the individual has placed their value and worth outside of themselves, in a place where they cannot easily reach it, and this will undoubtedly lead to unhappiness, pain, and misery in the future if left unchanged.
It all comes down to who we are inside. If your house were to burn down and leave behind nothing salvageable… would that change you, and in what ways? Apparently, you would have a lot of emotional and mental anguish to deal with, and perhaps some growing and healing to experience; still, you should know that your value and worth continues to reside within you–in who you are–and that no fire or span of time can take that away from you.
Seek fulfillment today by discovering a little more of who you are inside.
Questions to consider:
How can we distinguish our character from material things and other parts of ourselves?
How would you feel if your house burned down and left nothing? Are there any possessions you feel you could not do without in such a situation?
Do you ask yourself who and what you want to be? Will your character ever grow if you do not?
For further thought:
“Live so that when your children think of fairness and integrity they think of you.” ~H. Jackson Brown Jr.