What defines you? The labels in the clothes you wear? The kind of car you drive? Do you tend to slide down the slippery slope of materialism and let stuff define your worth? Or, do you prefer to take a more practical and realistic approach to see stuff for what it is?
We all like stuff. We see stuff. We buy stuff. We buy more stuff to go with the other stuff. When we use up, out-grow, wear out, break, or tire of stuff, we either throw stuff or give stuff away. And, then we get some more stuff to replace that stuff.
I find myself laughing as I write this, but does the cycle sound familiar?
I saw a funny saying the other day that drove the point home. “No one is going to stand up at your funeral and say, ‘They had a really expensive couch and great shoes.’” Truer words were never spoken. Your family and friends will speak about the kind of person you were, your actions, and your convictions.
“We must rapidly begin the shift from a ‘thing-oriented’ society to a ‘person-oriented’ society.”
- Martin Luther King Jr.
While we work hard to collect those material things that make our life easier, prettier, or better, at the end of the day, life isn’t about stuff. Life is about what we do, who we are, and the people we surround ourselves with. It’s about what’s in our hearts and how we choose to live life through our daily interactions with each other that really matter.
What story do you want to be told about you?
About Katie Hart Smith
“Words, written or spoken, have power.” A published author for twenty-five years, Katie Hart Smith’s column, “From the Heart,” touches the heart, inspires, entertains, and speaks to one’s heart and soul. To learn more about this Southern author, Smith’s speaking engagements, and events visit www.katiehartsmith.com.