Even as young kids we were aware that there were rich people and people who were not as rich, items that were really big and awesome and others that weren’t so great, and foods that were special treats and others we could have anytime even if we didn’t really like them. You may not have really fancy tastes, or you may have all the money in the world to buy any treats you want. You may be happy with the most luxurious hotel suite, or you may be happier with a simple cabin in the woods. We each have different tastes and preferences, which is why we’re each so special. So today I want to talk about this struggle we have with our differences.
1-the lie of good and bad. In most cases it’s not a case of good versus bad, just a case of different. My cup of coffee may be a lot less expensive than yours, but that doesn’t make it either good or bad. I may have a preference for long walks in the park and you may enjoy a night at the bowling alley, neither are good or bad. You may like dogs and I may like cats, but neither are good or bad. Just because we like different things, even two similar things that are different because of location or price, doesn’t make them good or bad.
2-the challenge of price. Just because it’s more expensive some people will automatically determine that something is better than another, or because it’s cheaper it’s not as good. We do use money as a determining factor in making choices, often because it’s easier, and in many cases we have learned that expensive things can be better made or larger or look a certain way.
3-just because we’re rich or poor doesn’t mean we can’t improve. Money does bring a lot of opportunities with it to the table, there’s no denying that it makes many things easier. But just because we’re poor doesn’t mean that we can’t become rich, and just because we’re rich doesn’t mean we have or know everything. Money or size should not be our determining factor as to what’s real or important or valuable in the world. You’re not more important or better because you do or don’t have lots of money.
So where does that leave us? It leaves us with the choice to be willing to work at our lives where we are. We’ve each been given a position, one that we can always improve, but one that we can make great differences in without moving up the financial or social ladder. Our willingness to see our lives as insignificant or too important and ignore what goes on around us is a mistake. When we choose to make a difference where we are and as who we are we’re able to actually do good things, instead of waiting for a better time.
“Regard it as just as desirable to build a chicken house as to build a cathedral.” Frank Lloyd Wright