We put everything into attaining material possessions, but where is the value in that? We drain ourselves physically, mentally, and emotionally to attain temporary satisfaction that these material possessions bring. So say you get what you kill yourself for, and you’re so stressed out or overworked that you don’t even get to enjoy any of it, then what? Some people also think because they have a degree or education that they are entitled to value themselves by their title or degree, but a piece of paper still shouldn’t hold what your true value is. Are you only a piece of paper that says you can commit to school or learning something? Where does your value lay?
In the bible, Ecclesiastes Chapter 5 says:
10 Whoever loves money never has enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with their income. This too is meaningless.
11 As goods increase, so do those who consume them. And what benefit are they to the owners except to feast their eyes on them?
12 The sleep of a laborer is sweet, whether they eat little or much, but as for the rich, their abundance permits them no sleep.
13 I have seen a grievous evil under the sun: wealth hoarded to the harm of its owners,
14 or wealth lost through some misfortune, so that when they have children there is nothing left for them to inherit.
15 Everyone comes naked from their mother’s womb, and as everyone comes, so they depart. They take nothing from their toil that they can carry in their hands.
16 This too is a grievous evil: As everyone comes, so they depart, and what do they gain, since they toil for the wind?
Life is not about gaining possessions, but more about living happy, and peaceful. Who says a mansion will keep you happy or make you look or feel a certain way? Who says a fancy car will satisfy you? Are these possessions what you value yourself as? Are you only worth a car, a house, or any other possessions? Is your health or happiness worth things that will rust, de-value, mold, or become later useless?
You might ask yourself why when people see you doing better or they think you are doing better they try to take advantage of you, but the answer is simple. Who wants to put in the hard work when they have someone else to do it for them?
I learned in a college marketing class that:
“everything has a price, though it doesn’t always have to be paid out with monetary”
The price is everything you are willing to give up, whether its money, time, or energy, for the exchange of something else. Sometimes the price for certain things are not worth it. Maybe you have put a sale on what your worth so that other people can buy into what you’re selling, but are you saying you’re not worth a higher price? Is it easier to sell yourself out so that others can think they have found a good sale? What are you willing to give up? Your health? Your happiness? Your life? Where does your value lay?