40+FAB Blog

Who uses it?

I have noticed and become a firm believer that it is men that give meaning to material things. Apart from the basic necessities of life like food, water, clothes and shelter in their basest form, everything else becomes desirable when we see that another person has it, uses it or wants it.

We always want bigger or better, but then to what end? I got a massive trampoline for my children last summer and they were so excited and used it everyday for a while, then it sat there for about 6 months without being used. As we are all home now, they have started using it again, but only on one condition, that is if I go on it with them.

Somehow, they don’t seem to take as much pleasure in the trampoline as they do in our time together on it. This again reinforces that we derive the value of a thing by who uses it or who we use it with.

Rather than get caught up in things, take a step back and ask yourself why you want that thing, or if you have it already, ask yourself why you enjoy it. Who do you enjoy it with?

Let’s take a moment to really appreciate the people in our lives that make our material things more meaningful.