I remember when I was younger, how I pursued worthless things. I wanted things at the present moment, because they were pleasing to the senses. They were things that I didn’t think I could live without, things that once possessed became meaningless. I wasn’t careful with money. I wasn’t careful with time. I lived in the moment, and I paid for it.
Fast forward to today. I am not as wise as I should be and still get distracted by the shiny and new. But I am more cautious today than I used to be. I am more interested in things of lasting value. So what are the things I am chasing today? As I advance in age, I think about what I can leave when I am gone. I think about how I will be remembered. Will my son carry on my values and beliefs and pass them down to his children? Not the shiny stuff I collected through the years, but the legacy I have built. It reminds of the words Benjamin Franklin once said, “If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead and rotten, either write things worth reading, or do things worth writing.”
His words are a call to action for all of us. Chase after the things that matter in life. Pursue something worthy, not the trinkets and baubles that lose their value once possessed.
The true worth of a man is to be measured in the objects he pursues. -Marcus Aurelius