8.07.2009

Do Not Covet What You Do Not Fully Know

J.R.R Tolkein reminds us that "All that is gold does not glitter, Not all those who wander are lost."

I had a dream last night that is sticking with me longer than usual. And it has gotten me to thinking about where I am in my life, where I have been and where I am going. Why I'm in California when my family is all back in New England (I mean the family I grew up with, not my wife and my kids who are all right here with me).

Other people's lives may seem perfect on the outside, they may seem to lack for nothing or may have seemingly limitless financial resources. But the reality is that no one's life is without struggle, nothing is perfect. Sure, some folks don't face the financial challenges I face but they have their own battles to fight.

It is important to remember these things when feeling envious of other people and their situation. Would I trade my current situation for someone else's? Not if there were other trade offs involved. Say financial security for the sharp decline of my health or my children's health. Financial security for intellectual inferiority?

What would you trade to not have to worry about money anymore?

Update: My crack of internet researchers have alerted me to the fact that I cheesed the quote. It has been corrected and now your comments look silly, so there! Nyah, nyah, nyah! Just kidding, thanks Chuck and John for helping me out!
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