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A truly rich man is one whose children run into his arms when his hands are empty. – Anonymous
My favorite part of the day is about a 10 second window of time in the late afternoon. I’m usually tired, hungry, and sometimes stressed. But all that seems to fade away as soon as I walk through the garage door and I hear the words, “Daddy’s home!” and two small children come running over to give me hugs and kisses, almost knocking me over.
It is difficult to articulate this experience. Unless you have kids of your own, you can’t fully understand the love a parent has for their children (at least I couldn’t).
More vs. Enough
As the provider for my family, I feel a DEEP responsibility and duty to make sure there is food on the table, gas in the cars, and a roof over our heads. If I ever came home empty handed (meaning if I wasn’t able to provide these things) I would feel like a total failure. Luckily, it hasn’t happened yet. I’ve been blessed with sufficient employment and as a result we’ve had more than enough.
But sometimes I get caught up keeping up with the world around me. At times I tell myself it would be nice to buy a bigger house, buy a nicer car, buy nicer clothes, buy more expensive food, etc. thinking that these “things” would lead to a happier, more fulfilling life.
But this is completely false. I love what Oprah said:
Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.
The Right Mindset
If you would like a bigger house, a nicer car, nicer clothes, go for it. But don’t think that these will make you happier–or rich.
The treasures of the earth will all fade away someday. And then what? What do you cling to?
We see it after every hurricane, earthquake or other natural disaster. Without fail, it’s family.
I constantly tell myself “don’t wait for a natural disaster to figure out what really makes you rich, what really makes you happy.”
Define what it means to be rich. Are you pursuing the treasures of the earth and overlooking the greatest treasures right in front of you?