The important things in life aren’t things. By “things”, I mean material things.
I didn’t always think like this. There was a time when “stuff” and the accumulation of it was very important to me. In fact I was obsessed by it and very driven.
The big house, the best car and so the list went on.
Do you relate?
Don’t get me wrong, I still appreciate nice “things”, however they are no longer what I most value in life.
So what changed for me? Was it the years and maturity, or was it life events?
It was a combination of both and a much deeper realization of what really matters to me.
Before I share some of my story and what I consider important in life let me ask you……..
……………..What are the import things in life for you?
Think about it before you read on. What do you really value in your life?
How the important things in life changed for me
As I have already mentioned, at one time I was driven by the pursuit of material things. Success and all the trappings that go with it.
I worked enormous hours at the expense of many other areas of my life, including my family. We had a family business so I told myself it was the “right thing” to do, however deep down I was not happy.
The more things we accumulated, the bigger house, the holiday house, the cars etc, the more I realized they did not matter.
I enjoyed our business however my life was totally out of balance and I was worn out.
Ultimately we lost our business. We sold our houses and much of our “stuff” and set out to start again.
When I now look back at that period of my life ,when we had a lot of money flowing in, what I enjoyed most was the experiences it allowed us. Things like paying for family to fly in for special occasions, vacations and the fun things.
A clue here – life is about having fun, being happy and having joyful experiences.
Esther Hicks/Abraham says it so well here.
Abraham Hicks: How to Feel Joy!
I always love Abraham’s words on this subject.
Where did we human beings start to make life so dang serious I wonder? How did we become so obsessed with “stuff”?
“The most important thing is to enjoy your life – to be happy – it’s all that matters.” Audrey Hepburn
Taking the important things in life to a whole new level for me
I have had a health challenge this year. I will share the details one day but for now I only want to say how it has caused me to really look at what is important in my life.
I have enjoyed good health most of my life and to some extent took it for granted.
When we lost our business I said repeatedly to my husband “at least we have our health”.
Since my health challenge I have really been looking at my thoughts, my levels of joy and happiness. I also have been evaluating how I spend my time and asking what is really important in my life.
I have learned that each day is important and that we should take nothing for granted. We never know what is around the corner.
I have learned the true value of friendships and have a deepened appreciation for the people in my life that are there for me, no matter what.
We all have different values and areas of like that really matter to us.
What Are The Important Things In Life For You?
Do you know? Do you really know?
I would love to hear your comments below.
Have an amazing day!
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