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All These Priceless Possessions Are Free

“Things that are given to us for nothing we place little value on. Things that we pay money for, we value. The paradox is that exactly the reverse is true. Everything that’s really worthwhile in life came to us free. Our minds, our souls, our bodies, our hopes, our dreams, our ambitions, our intelligence, our love of family and children and friends and country – all these priceless possessions are free. But the things that cost us money are actually very cheap and can be replaced at any time. A good man can be completely wiped out and make another fortune. He can do that several times. Even if a home burns down, we can rebuild it. But the things we got for nothing can never be replaced.”

– Earl Nightingale

{Being something of a worrier, I tend to forget this. I get so focused on the here and now, on the physical things right in front of my face, that all I see are bills to pay, jobs to do, things to fix. For example, I tend to forget that a good relationship with my husband is far more important than any of the things I may remind (and occasionally nag) him to do. My possessions (and their current state of cleanliness/repair) are much less important than his confidence that I love and respect him.

(Big picture, what do I want the most? To be in a peaceful, beautiful place; to be proud of myself; and to have smart, cute children who love me. I want that pretty, orderly home I see in my mind’s eye – always clean, smelling of fresh baked goods, full of antiques and hand-made things. And I want that ideal me who’s a domestic goddess, creative genius, attentive wife and friend, brilliant writer, and successful entrepreneur.

{How do I know that this is an idol for me? Because I routinely sacrifice my sanity and neglect those closest to me trying to get it. And because I feel like I’m rarely content with what I manage to get done every day, and with how my house looks.}

That Man Is Rich

“That man is richest whose pleasures are the cheapest.”

– Henry David Thoreau

{Boy do I need this reminder. I don’t need expensive things, but I having (and getting) small, pretty things – hats, jewelry, table linens, plants, clothes, etc. All of these things are good in themselves, but recently, I’ve been using them as a kind of therapy. I think, “My life seems bland or unsatisfying today; I’ll buy something pretty, and then I’ll feel better.” And it works, for a day or two, but it doesn’t make me rich. If I spent that time praying and reading, or getting worthwhile things done, or resting, or spending time with my friends and family, I would be richer.}