In a new post specifically created for this challenge, share a picture that evokes HOME for you – Weekly Photo Challenge
They say home is where the heart is. And for me that would be anywhere my daughter and wife are.
I have often said that I could care less where we live. Whether it’s a nice home like we live in now or if we suddenly lost it all and had to live in a cardboard box on the street. I would still be happy and thankful as long as I had my wife and daughter with me.
Would I feel disappointed and like a failure if we suddenly ended up in a cardboard box? Sure. Anyone would. But I would also be able to realize that I could still be happy and thankful that I had the most important thing in life, my family.
Does this mean I am looking for the opportunity to live in a cardboard box? Certainly not! The box would be very cold, especially in the winter time. And I think between all the people we know who love us we would never have to end up in a cardboard box anyway. But that doesn’t change the point I am making.
It’s important to take the time to set your priorities. Setting your priorities allows you to handle the difficult times and things that come along in life. When you realize the important things are the people around you, you suddenly can endure an awful lot more than you can if you are focusing on the material things such as houses, cars, etc.
The material things can be replaced if they are lost. People can not be. Material things can not show you love, compassion, and kindness. People can. A home is made up of those traits – love, compassion, and kindness. Material things are nice. They make our life better and more pleasant. But in the end they alone do not make a home.
The people who generally have the toughest time when bad moments happen are those who place a significant value on those material things. The car which was totaled in an accident. The house which was lost when a job was lost. Or any other event you can think of.
Does that mean that people who have priorities straight never have bad times happen to them? That they survive life without any tough times? Of course not. It just means that they have built a safety net of people who love them. People who are there to help them back up when they have been knocked down. Those people are there to show the love, compassion, and kindness that helps them get through those tough times. Often times this requires you to take the time and effort to show these traits first. You get what you give. But in the end it is well worth the effort.
Are you making that effort? Do you have a strong safety net of people around you? Or are you focusing too much on building the material wealth that society tries to tell us is so important?