When this video was taken Eric and I had only been married six months. We were both still college students but Eric had a great but dirty job that paid good money and so we felt rich. Now as I look back at that tiny apartment, our furniture most of which was free, that TV we bought for $50 I would not consider us rich then.
But really weren't we?
We had the things we needed, we had money to go on an occasional date and order a pizza. We had money to pay for both of our college tuitions-with the help of scholarships and we were truly happy. As we "moved up" in the world we soon learned the more money you make the easier it is to spend more money. Eric now makes a lot more money and we have more nicer things- but do these things make us happy? Or is there something nicer we are always wishing/wanting for as you can always spend more money. Or is it the fact that we work hard, we live within our means (even though these means have now increased), we save, we invest for our and our children's future and we still go on occasional dates and order pizza.
Happiness in this life can be found at any stage, in any circumstances. How is it found- by working hard; by working hard for and with our families. Working hard at our jobs, working hard at play, working hard and being there for each other; by focusing on what matters most.
I watch that video and it seems like a different life, I truly have almost forgotten most of it. And so it makes me pause and realize that I may someday watch an old video, a much better quality video, of my life now and think- that was a different life, I hardly remember it. But I hope and pray that when I look back at that video I will remember that I was happy- because I took the time for what mattered most.
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