I was at the bottle depot today, and as I watched our collection of wine bottles, pop cans, milk jugs, and liquor bottles go into the bins it suddenly occurred to me: we had spent hundreds of dollars on all of the materials that I had brought back to be recycled, and I was only going to get about $20 dollars back out of the entire deal.
Wow. So what’s it all worth?
What else do we have in our lives that we spend hundreds of dollars on, or even thousands of hours on, only to realize that at the end of the day, it wasn’t worth what we put in?
At the end of our lives, we will not wish that our tombstones would read:
Here lies Adriana, who worked 60 hours a week and never missed a deadline, and had a beautiful collection of silk scarves!
Instead, we hope that our tombstones will read something more along the lines of:
Here lies Adriana, who always took time for her friends and family, and who never said no to anyone who needed her help.
So the next time you just have to have that oh-so expensive thing instead of spending your money on a donation that could really make a difference to someone less fortunate, or the next time you burn the midnight oil on something that won’t be remembered in five years from now while your friends and family gather and wish that you were there – ask yourself…
What’s it really worth?
And make sure whatever it is will be worth it, in the end.