August 27, 2012

Are you making a good living by what you get?



In my previous articles, I have said that (for me) a person’s value is not measured by material units … in other words, it is not measured by how much or what he has got. I got a few people asking me … “Shiek, then how do people show that they have succeeded and how do they value themselves?”

OK, let me say this … people try their very best to seek financial success and when they achieve it, of course they want to show others that they have made it. They may seek prominence and they may indulge in better and finer things in life. It is their hard earned money and they can spend it anyway they want, on whatever they like. If that is how they want to show who they are, where they belong and what they have achieved … so be it … there is nothing wrong with that.

So, it is NONE OF MY BUSINESS how people show their successes and how they value themselves. It is also NONE OF MY BUSINESS if they want to measure their successes and values by what they have got (materially). 

I am just saying I personally don’t measure a person’s value by what he has got and I definitely don’t measure my own value by what I have got … anyway, I don’t really have a lot to shout about.

I have seen many very successful people and I personally know quite a few such people who have shown me their big houses, luxury cars and other expensive stuffs. I have seen how they live their luxury lifestyle and how they enjoy their time and wealth. They have every right to tell the world that they have made a good living by what they got.

Then again, I have also seen many other very successful people and I too personally know quite a few such people who have also shown me their big houses, luxury cars and other expensive stuffs BUT they have also shown me their dedication and commitment of time and resources to set up charity centers offering free meals to the poor and homeless, builds schools and houses for the unfortunates and arrange medical services and medicine for the poor and needy. The world may not know about such dedication and commitment but these people have made a good life by what they gave.

I want to ask … “Are you making a good living by what you get?  Really, many are just so engrossed in making a good living by what they can get, they forgot about making a good life by what they can give.

This gives me a reason to stress my point again … I don’t measure a person’s value by what he has got … I measure a person’s value by what he can give.

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