Why do people, almost universally, run to their photo albums when fire is about to consume their home? Because when forced to look deeply, people quickly can identify the important things in life. They know that the home is replaceable but the precious things of life aren’t: memories of loved ones and poignant events in life simply transcend mere things.
DON’T CONFUSE “STUFF” WITH SUCCESS
You are neither a better nor worse person for the kind of car you drive, the size of your home, or the performance of your mutual funds. Remember what really matters in your life.
Imagine for a moment that today was your last day on Earth. Now, make a list for yourself of all the things that you feel you have accomplished, all the things you are proud of, and all the things that make you happy.
Is your car on the list? Your television? Your stereo? Is your salary on the list? No. What’s on the list are the fundamental elements of a satisfied life—your relationship with God, friends and family, the contributions you have made to others’ lives, the celebrated events of your life. Those are the building blocks of your list.
Many of us live day to day as if the opposite were true. Instead of appreciating what is truly important and making that our priority, we collect things and indicators of success without questioning just what success really means.
Don’t let it take a fire to help you appreciate what’s truly important in life. A home simply isn’t that important. If it’s not a good time for your family to buy (or sell) a home, don’t do it.
Keep your priorities where they belong. That’s why I created “When Home Isn’t 1st”. To remind people of higher priorities.