Thursday, December 07, 2006

You could lose the most important thing in your life

It's good to have money and the things that money can buy, but it's good, too, to check up once in a while and make sure that you haven't lost the things that money can't buy.
- George H. Lorimer, editor (1868-1937)

An old song says "The best things in life are free." The original song, part of the musical Good News, became popular in 1927, but was even more popular during the 1930s, the days of the Great Depression. When you have nothing, or next to it, you want to believe that the good things in life don't cost anything.

Many of us don't believe that any more. The best things in life can be bought, so some think, and they cost the most money.

Think about this. What or who would you miss most if the world as you know it ended today and you were left with no possessions, no family or friends? For most of us, we would name a person who loves us, someone whose love can't be bought with money.

What we would miss the most is what we value the most today. Whether we admit it or not. What we value highest is not usually something that can be purchased. So the best thing or things in your life likely are free.

Free of monetary cost. They usually involve a huge investment of time, of love, of caring, compassion, touching, talking, laughing, of being there when needed. The poorest people can afford these.

But rich, poor or somewhere in the middle, anyone can ignore or forget about those parts of their life that are most important to them.

The cost is always devastating.

Do what you should to show how much you care. Don't ignore or forget. Do it today and every day.

(I hope it's not your car or your Kalashnikov.)

Bill Allin
Turning It Around: Causes and Cures for Today's Epidemic Social Problems, striving to show the difference.
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