Sunday, September 25, 2011

MATTERial Things

In some gathering early yesterday, my mother lost her 2 phones to a thief. Having been informed through a text message from my cousin, she was somehow disheartened as 1 of the 2 was a gift from me. I texted back to perk her up with the assurance that I’ll just buy her a new one since, notwithstanding the unfortunate incident, it’s just stuff…

Before heading back home forlorn, she decided to drop-by in a nearby church. After which and to her surprise, an apologetic woman who explained to have stolen her celphones out of desperation returned it in exchange for P500.

Paying for what you own may sound absurd but getting back the worth of the attached sentimental value for such an amount could be relatively cheap…

A timely occurrence in a time opposing views on worldly possessions is maturely mounting between the family…

What makes material belongings really valuable is the story behind its acquisition. What is so special about having these things is not even close to your purchasing capacity but worthiness. Everybody deserves that one thing (or more) that they have either dreamt of owning or if it was painstakingly achieved to be given. If it served to have motivated someone to responsibly work for it then it’s indeed a well deserved gratification.

If these material things are what drive us to succeed and be able to gain and provide then by all means use it as a motivational tool…

Speaking of which, one cannot compare say cars considering, other than its main purpose of getting you to your destination, we have our respective preferences as much as our own guiding principles. Same goes for a calculator perhaps to an iPad; or some pair of slippers to Fitflops… Thus, why even focus on the comparison or difference if the main point is one’s sense of existence. To each his own… 

And more on earthly essentials within this generation of technological breakthrough, a movie seen on your tube television will not have a different story if watched on a flat TV. However a different feeling will be experienced perhaps. In view of that, one would most likely prefer to watch on a flat TV. The story that would presumably change is that sense of fulfillment one gains in having experienced progress.

Yet having the authority over our young children, the best story we could tell if it boils down to expressing their wants is the value of hard work and not just simply the value of money. And the best success story we could share is how they would similarly aim for success for their own children… Trivial as any earthly possession compared to what is unworldly; it is material to impart values relative to the mechanics of our world today as dictated by human nature. We want the best for our children and part of that challenge is providing for what will make them happy being the children that they are yet without disregard for what really matters…
Let us not deem material things as if it were not similarly provided to us by Our Father through the talents that invented it… As for the returned stolen phone of my mother, it’s not just stuff – it was a gift…

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