9.07.2008

Fatherly Tidbits - Posessions and Self Worth

For generations my family has always had a keen talent of summing up broad and complex themes in a simple sentence or two. Regardless of what quandary anyone posed or what scandal happened to be in the news, they had an answer and a concise quip with which they set straight all the ills of the world.

Growing up I thought they were over simplifying things and just didn't understand what was going on. The swift and unapologetic answers to seemingly impossible quandaries made me question if they really understood the crux of the issues at hand. It wasn't until I got older that I realized they actually knew exactly what the issues were. 

It wasn't that they were over simplifying things, they just weren't over complicating them. They seemed impervious to the relativistic wishy-washiness, so rampant in today's culture, that causes many people to lose sight of who they really are. Their views stemmed from basic, sound principles and were often delivered in the form of a wonderfully aphoristic and boiled down one-liner. These one-liners left no room for misinterpretation and taught an easy to understand, hard to forget lesson. 

From time to time I will be writing "Fatherly tidbits" that I wish to impart to my son, and sharing some family aphorisms from which I still value as an adult. Granted my son can't even read yet, but I just want to make sure I don't forget them over the years, so I'm using this blog as my scratch pad.

The first concept that I would like to share with him has to do with physical possessions and how people tend to value themselves based on what they have.

"The more value you place on possessions, the less you place on yourself."

That's it, plain and simple. That concept has kept me from getting caught up in a lot of unimportant things in life, and I hope it will do the same for my children.

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