In a world that values the name brands of the shoes we wear, the type of handbag we carry, and the cars we drive, it’s easy to fall into the trap of valuing the things we can see, feel, and touch over the intangible things that are truly valuable.
This worldwide pandemic that we all find ourselves in is an excellent time to take inventory of the things that we really care about. Let go of those things, beliefs, and value systems that don’t serve us, and choose the truly significant things that will help us create real success in the future.
There will always be someone with a bigger house, a nicer car, or more cash in the bank, but good relationships, peace, joy, fun, and genuine shared laughter are the measurements of true wealth.
We can change our lives and the lives of those within our influence by helping people recognize and treasure true wealth rather than material things that depreciate, deteriorate, and can be stolen from us.
Changing what we value starts with taking our focus off of the material things in our lives by sharing them with others or even giving some of them away.
After loosening our grip on the material things in our lives, we have to replace our desire for things with a desire—even a passion—for the intangible, invaluable blessings like love, good relationships, good health, peace, joy, and the character traits that help us achieve those things, including patience, forgiveness, honesty, integrity, self-control, courage, bravery, determination, tenacity, faithfulness, fairness, and so much more.
Right now is a perfect time to shift our focus from that which is temporary to that which is lasting by taking inventory of the intangibles in our lives. The very first, and most important, inventory item is Love.
Take an honest look at your life. Have you shown love? Have you given it away freely or expected something in return? The amount of love you feel increases with the amount of love that you give to others, especially to those who can do nothing to you or for you. Counterintuitive, I know…but true. Love splashes up on those who freely give it.
Decide now to focus on what’s truly meaningful and significant. When you do, you’ll find that you are happier and more content.
Count what truly counts.
Rhonda Sciortino, author of 30 Days To Happiness (featured on Ellen DeGeneres' show and included in her Kind Box), was abandoned at the age of 6 months, raised by a mentally ill man and an alcoholic woman in a bizarre, emotional roller coaster of a childhood. Rhonda Sciortino used the coping skills from her childhood survival to create personal and professional success. Through her speaking, writing, podcast, media appearances, and videos she shares how others can use the obstacles in their lives as stepping stones to a their real success.