People who have a lot of money and material things, are sometimes suspect as to how they acquired their wealth in the first place. Many times with the mentality of, "my mansion is bigger than yours and my yacht is longer than yours!! (YAWN!)
I've never had a lot of money or material things...just the things to get by! And, sometimes smaller is better...a simpler life is better. I know money can be the root of all evil, and many times money can only bring jealousy, resentment, and miss-trust, etc.
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One day, I was standing in line at a grocery store, and standing in front of me was a young lady around 20 years old, and she was wearing designer jeans. After her groceries were checked by the clerk, she paid for them with the use of an EBT card (food stamps), and I think there was something wrong with this picture. I think this woman had her priorities mixed up, in my view.
This is a story you might not believe, but it's true. My wife's cousin moved from California to Albuquerque, N. M. (where I live), and bought a house. She and her husband loved the southwestern art produced by Native American's in the state. That's fine...nothing wrong with that. But, my wife told me, that in order to pay for the expensive art work, they would do it, by not turning on the heat at their house in the winter...or not turning on the air conditioning in the summer! Have you ever heard of anything like this? By doing this they could spend the savings on expensive art work. Outrageous!
Sure enough...on our first visit to their house on a cold winter day, the heat was not turned on, and everyone who was there, had to bundle up and wore a least a sweater or a jacket, etc. This was the first and the last time I visited these selfish and inconsiderate people!
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Again, I was waiting in line to purchase tickets to a concert, and I got into a conversation with a woman standing in front of me. The concersation centered around success...and what was important to each of us. She told me that success to her meant that she would be able to raise her children and grand-children in the right way...that is, with values, integrity and that they stay out of trouble. This woman had her priorities in the right place, for there is no job more difficult than to be a good parent, etc. Getting satisfaction in life, can come in many different ways, and a person doesn't need a lot of money or material things to make them happy.
Woodcarver: As a woodcarver for over 25 years, I'm out of the art and craft world, and I have no background in writing whatsoever. During this time, I carved over 200 cartoon-like characters in wood. To do this, I had to reach down into my imagination to create things that had never been done before, giving my great satisfaction in the progress, etc. Most hobbies do not have a lot of cost.
Writing: How much can writing cost? Writing is therapeutic for me, and I get great satisfaction, in stringing words along to share and help others with my articles.
Volunteer work: The American people are the most giving people in the world...giving of their time, their money, and of themselves (blood, etc.), Doing volunteer work, for me, has been quite rewarding. Doing volunteer work, is probably one of the most honorable things a person can do.
Keeping up with the Joneses...forget it! (Yawn, again!) I'm not interested in your money, your status, or your toys, or in your gas-guzzlers in the driveway! Show me your resume...what are you doing for others...the poor; the dis-abled; children; the elderly; pets; wildlife or the environment...what are you doing?