Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Comparisons

Old West Collectibles - Gold Scale (by www.OldWestAntiques.biz ) We’ve been going to Let’s Dish to prepare our dinners for about a year now, and we really love it.  In case you’ve never been, and never heard Erin and I gush about it, Let’s Dish is a place where they get all of the ingredients together and we come in and prepare our meals.  We split all of the meals, so that our 8 meal session lasts for 16 meals, just a little under a month.

One of the funny things I always find myself doing is comparing meat.  The staff do a great job separating out meat (either chicken breasts, flank steak, pork loin), and yet I still compare all of the options.  Heck, I find it incredibly difficult, if not impossible, to tell a difference, but I still compare each time.

A few weeks ago our television died.  The bulb burnt out and the TV (even without the bulb) had a weird ticking noise.  So we decided that instead of spend hundreds of dollars getting it fixed, it was time to get something new. There I am at Costco about to buy a TV and before I pulled it onto the cart I compared the different boxes to find the one with no marks on it.

I know that I’m not at all alone. People always look to get the best, and feel disappointed when they don’t get it.

When we’re at the grocery store we look at how other kids are better behaved, and wonder what we can do to get our kids in line.  When we’re on the road we look at all the other cars around us that get better gas mileage, are nicer or are more fun.

It’s so easy to begin coveting those things we don’t have, and just as easy to resent the things we do.

Marketing relies on this.  That we all need the next, new, big thing. That we aren’t happy and our lives aren’t complete until we have the newest phone and the biggest house.

When I look around the room I think about how many things I have that 99.9% of the world doesn’t have (heck, a roof for one).

I’m in the middle of watching Newhart right this minute and Joanna says “We spend so much time regretting what we don’t have instead of appreciating what we do.”  Now if that’s not a sign, then it’s just coincidence.

Anyway, it’s time to look around the room at every single object, and appreciate the amount of work that went into making it, into earning the money to buy it, and into the time to acquire/create it.  It’s time to appreciate the old things that we have more than the new that we don’t.

Peace,
+Tom

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