Our Obsession With Shiny Objects
Bill Sims, Jr. shares how giving thanks instead of getting stuff leads to a more fulfilling life.
Ours is a world focused on “shiny stuff”. An endless parade of shiny new things that will supposedly make us happier.
Whether it’s a new baby doll or toy car, we are taught from the earliest age to strive harder, to be better, so we can get more shiny stuff.
Soon we learn that shiny stuff isn’t what it’s cracked up to be. The wrapping paper goes in the trashcan, and the shine begins to wear off. It’s time to donate the old stuff to make room for the new stuff…. “Do you have something shiny?” we ask….
And so the cycle continues throughout our lives… an empty pursuit of more shiny stuff.
But it doesn’t have to be that way. You can get off the bus any time you like.
A wise man once said that our happiness does not come from shiny stuff, and he counseled that it is better to give than to receive.
When we take time to give thanks to others for what they do, we become happier and healthier. And they do too.
A string of tragedies from Boston to Sandy Hook to Aurora have left thinking people questioning what is missing in our world.
Sadly, the young have few answers… for this dangerous world is all they’ve known, and they have little to compare it with. But those with gray hair know the answer. Our affection for our fellow human beings (even strangers) has, without our knowing it, cooled off.
Want to make a difference?
Then start by thinking about that special person in your life who made a difference to you. Pause for a moment and reflect on that special parent or child, aunt or uncle, grandparent or sibling.
Perhaps it was a special teacher who first inspired you, or a boss who mentored you. Or maybe you will remember fondly that co-worker or friend who has always been there for you through the ups and downs….Continue reading at InspireMeToday.com.
Bill Sims, Jr., is President of The Bill Sims Company, Inc. and the author of Green Beans and Ice Cream.
Photo Credit: F. Delventhal