I noticed a very nice Mercedes Benz in the lane next to me as we sat in traffic. What caught my eye were the two picture-perfect blonde toddlers in the backseat. Lap of luxury crossed my mind but only for a brief moment. I inched forward to see the mom in the front seat, with perfectly manicured nails and a good color job on her tresses. She was on the phone in an obviously heated conversation. The longer we sat there, the worse I felt for those two little angels in the backseat. I could hear the mother's angry voice through my closed window, so I know she was speaking in a loud, scary voice. I said a quick prayer for those kids as the light turned green.
Two minutes down the road, I passed a woman on the side of the road with her hood up -- on the Jaguar. Bummer. She looked very perplexed. Fortunately, a good Samaritan in an old pick-up truck was pouring some kind of fluid into the engine area.
I realized, as I drove along, that sometimes I assume that wealthy people have it easy. Not so. In fact, 2 of the most unhappy people I know are monetarily wealthy. Can you be wealthy and happy? Absolutely. But I need to remember that being wealthy wouldn't make me happier. As a matter of fact, happiness doesn't even need to be on my list of goals. Contentment and joy are much more fulfilling, doncha think?
As the holidays approach (along with sales, Black Friday, and retail marketing amped up) I don't want to fall into the trap of if only I had _______ mentality. Rather, I want to focus on I'm so thankful I have...