Saturday, February 18, 2006

You can't buy what is really important in life

Live as if you were living a second time, and as though you had acted wrongly the first time.
- Viktor Frankl, author, neurologist and psychiatrist, Holocaust survivor (1905-1997)

Frankl doesn't mean to spend all of your money on things that please you. He means to enjoy your life in ways that give it meaning.

As a Holocaust survivor, Frankl would have a different perspective on life than many of us today. He knew that money meant nothing to those whose lives were swept away by the Nazis.

Friends would have been valuable, but business associates would have meant little unless their support could be bought (not likely if their own lives were at stake).

Family would have been extremely important, as would family friends.

An old song says "The best things in life are free." To some, the best things in life can be bought. To others, anything that can be bought is a mere convenience, something to get us along as we move to more important things.

Those who continuously seek money and what it can buy will never be truly happy because they value objects that merely bolster their defences against a world they don't understand and can't work successfully in. Objects are their fortress against the treasures of real life, goals they know they can never reach.

What is valuable in life cannot be bought with money. It can only be earned with an investment of time and love.

Bill Allin
'Turning It Around: Causes and Cures for Today's Epidemic Social Problems,' striving to show us what is important in life, not important to industries that want our money.
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