The Most Important Things In Life
Aren't Things

Children on hills in Wales - with quote

4th November 2011

The Most Important Things In Life...
Aren't Things

What are the most important things in your life? When we give this question serious consideration we soon realise that it is not the material things that money can buy that are important to us, but our family, friends, good health and the feelings of love, happiness, contentment, and peace.

I often sit and talk with my parents about how life has changed since their parents generation, (going through to my grandchildren that's five generations). Of course there are major advances in healthcare, transportation, communications etc.. but are we really any happier now than our families were in the past?

Life was much simpler years ago, although there were obviously things that needed to change, but I don't think that all changes have improved people's lives. Each generation wants a better way of life for their children, but this usually leads to both parents working long hours to pay for all of the 'necessities' of life and then they feel guilty for not spending time with their children, so they buy them the latest toy or gadget to make up for it. Also, many children's lives are FULL of things to do and places to be, that left alone for an hour or two they are 'bored' and don't know what to do. I can't ever remember feeling bored when I was younger, neither can my parents.

It seems that MORE is not always what's best. I see it in my own grandchildren, different families can afford different amounts of money to spend on going out and doing things as well as the latest technological gadget or toy. But the ones who have less and do less, really do appreciate and enjoy much more what they are given, than the ones who get more. It's also lovely to watch them enjoying the new experiences, the delight that they show is heartwarming.

I guess it's a balance that needs to be worked out, but in the end, it's not what we buy for our loved ones, young or old, but how much of our attention and time we give them and showing them that we love and care for them, that is what they will remember us for.

The photograph is of my three children when my youngest brother took them for a hike in Wales, they hadn't done anything like this before or been taken out by my brother, so they were very excited and came home exhausted but happy.