“Wealth consists not in having great possessions
but in having few wants.”
In today’s world the more we have and the greater the value of the things we have is, to many, what determines whether or not we are successful and happy. We are told to work harder and longer hours, make more money, make sure to be recognized and rewarded, and acquire all the things we want and we will be wealthy. But at what cost to the well-being of ourselves, those we love and care about, and society in general?
I am not saying striving for success and wanting things is wrong. Of course, we want things and to be the best we can be in all aspects of our lives! I am saying it is important to put thought into how we define success and what is good and that we see more than just ourselves in that definition. We must be careful to understand that what we need may be much different than what we want. We must understand that true wealth is rarely found in the things we have or want.
Of what does your wealth consist?
In my family there are few things that would be called heirlooms. First, because we aren’t and never have been wealthy, so rarely if ever, do we have things of any great monetary value. Second, for the most part it seems there was not much emphasis on the sentimental value of things.
I am a bit sentimental though and have a few things I would find it difficult to part with if I had to. One of them is Gramma’s rocking chair.
Gramma got it when she was pregnant with my mother which makes the rocker 95 years old. There are lots of memories that come with this chair. I remember when staying with Gramma, every morning she would sit in the sunroom in her rocker and do her crossword puzzle and every afternoon she would be there crocheting.
When Gramma died the rocker went to my mother. I don’t remember Ma sitting in it but I know having it was very important and special to her. After my parents died the chair came to be mine. It is a treasured possession and I do sit in it on occasion, usually to pray.
The fabric has been changed a few times and I am contemplating having it recovered. As far as I know it has always been in an “old” looking fabric. But I am thinking of doing it in a bright bold contemporary floral. What do you think?
I think it sounds like a rockin’ good plan!