Life’s greatest luxury

The greatest luxury in life, is time.

I wished I was smart enough to have come up with this statement but I am not. Nonetheless, I have heard it many times and for the past 7 years I have carried this quote in my business briefcase in a place that I look at it every day.

Is it true? Let’s test it out. If you are young, healthy and rich you may think the next car or the next vacation is the definition of luxury. If are old enough to get past the superficial definition of luxury, you realize that time is simply the most sought after luxury this world offers. If you have had a health scare or a bad diagnosis or lost hope in your life, you know that time is the greatest luxury this life has to offer or when you are looking at your grandchildren and you realize that most likely, you may have less time in front of you than you do behind you, time becomes the most important thing. Lastly, if you are on the one yard line of life looking into entirety, trust me, you are not thinking about the next luxury car you are going to buy or what your stock portfolio is worth. You are only thinking about time.

The other day I was leaving for work and as usual I was thinking about all I had to do and as I backed out of the garage I had the news channel on. It happened in a wink of an eye and I looked out at the world around me and felt God nudge me to turn off the radio and be in that moment. I turned everything off and said, ok God, show me. I drove very slowly through our neighborhood and looked at the grass, trees, birds, and flowers and realized the beauty and the peace of that moment. I paused before I got into traffic and said a quiet thank you to God for reminding me that the moments around us is where the beauty of life is.

It is like when your daughter or son comes to you for advice knowing full well, you would move mountains for them if needed or the total focus on your granddaughter’s eyes and words as she is telling you about her day and she says, I love you papa. That my friends, is the essence of the most important and most powerful luxury this life has to offer.

So, take a moment today to look around you and to look at your loved ones and whisper a prayer of thanks to God for letting you be in that moment and to see that level of pure luxury. KT

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