You’ve worked hard and have been waiting all year long for the best deals and discounts this Labor Day weekend - a pair of shoes you set eyes on months ago, a new coffee maker to add to your kitchen, furniture for your patio, or whatever it may be that suits your fancy.
While it is indeed a good time to scour the internet for sale items and indulge yourself, the gratification that comes from fulfilling these worldly desires is nothing compared to that which is derived from things money can’t buy.
As morbid as it sounds, our lives start counting down from the second we enter this world. Every minute that passes is time that can’t be rewound. Regardless of how great one’s fortunes, time is not something that can be bought back. The fact is, there are only so many hours in a day, so many days in a week, and so many years during each person’s lifetime.
Not only is it important for us to recognize that the amount of time we have is finite, it is also important that we spend our time wisely on things that matter -- experiencing, learning, and living each moment to the fullest extent. By doing so, we can most definitely find greater satisfaction and fulfillment. So, think about what’s most valuable to you and use your precious time on something meaningful today!
While advancements in science, medicine, and technology have certainly contributed to the average human lifespan and quality of life, it would be foolish to think that money can buy back our natural health. Once your natural health is gone, there is little than can be done to recover it fully from years of neglect.
Rather than relying on medications or invasive procedures to cure yourself of diseases or pain down the road, why not take preventive measures to prolong your mental and physical health? There are plenty of ways to invest in your overall well-being -- from maintaining a healthy diet and regularly exercising to developing a work-life balance, getting enough sleep, and meditating. What better time to start taking care of your health than now?
FRIENDS AND FAMILY
Having money attracts people, but it can’t buy true and lasting friendships or relationships. With so many things to juggle in life, friends and family tend to take a back seat. Before you know it, your social relationships have dwindled in quantity and quality. Research reveals that this loss is both social and physiological. Not only do strong social ties contribute to your mental and emotional well-being, they also correlate with increased longevity, better immune systems, and reduced risks of heart disease.
However busy life is, take time today -- or any day -- to reach out to those who matter to you. Pick up the phone, or better yet, spend some quality time together over tea and a good massage. Cultivate your relationships for the sake of your loved ones, and yours.