I've been pondering again.
Thinking about this tiny button's message, and the big truth it speaks.
Because really, this thought goes directly against what our culture - our North American society - tries to sell us. Every single billboard, commercial and spin doctor out there are chanting: "buy stuff. be happy"
"own more. be happy".
"get rich... so you can buy more... to be cool, famous, and happy!"
You see it in every air brushed model beaming her pearly whites.
"I'm happy... because I have _________ (insert product)".
You see it in our culture of hoarding, debt, and consumption... a culture driven by this torturous taunt - like a carrot dangling before a donkey - we think "if I can just get my hands on that thing, then I'll be happy".
Even the term 'retail therapy' shows where our condition lies.
I'm just as guilty as the next of falling for it. I buy some special thing... and feel momentarily elated, like I've just re-defined myself afresh from this purchase.
Please don't get me wrong, I'm not saying don't buy things. That's impossible.
I'm not saying don't be happy when you buy things. Enjoy it!
Heck, buy handmade things locally (cough <my Shop> wheeze) and really enjoy it!!
What I'm hoping to convey is the reminder that the thing about things.. is that they are just things. (Yes, start the slow clap for how profound that was...)
No, seriously, what person lies on their death bed and thinks:
"IF only I had time to buy one more thing...".
'The person with the most toys
wins'... still dies.
Lets remember where our value lies.
Not in things, not in accumulating more stuff.
But in the eternal things.
Sometimes it takes a tragedy to shake us awake to what really matters.
Or, a loss to appreciate what we have.
Or, a death to revive what we're living for.
Sometimes it just takes a hurricane.
A raging storm to blow through our illusions of importance.
Life hangs from such a delicate thread... so lets tie it around the things that matter most.
I don't know about you,
but I'm going to pray a bit stronger,
and squeeze my family a bit longer.