Pay them a little and watch them strive, pay them too much and watch them dive (267)

A fundamental human trait is an ability to strive to achieve an end goal even against incredible odds.

We rally together for justice

We rally together for family and friends

We rally together for economic gain

We rally together for survival

Human beings world wide will endure all sorts of hardship and still have an ability to retain their dignity. They will share their equity. They still smile and remain hopeful.

I grew up in a working class neighbourhood in the eastern suburbs of Perth Western Australia. I recall the simplicity of being surrounded by plenty of relatives all walking distance from our the tiny home.

They all worked two jobs, shift work, from a detergent factory to cleaning jobs etc.. They still had time to cook amazing food and gather at each other’s homes on a weekly basis.

WHAT CHANGED?

We all started to accumulate and the more we accumulated the bigger the homes became.

It didn’t take long before we compared our homes, cars and status in life.

I was too young to comprehend the power of wealth and the ability to handle more.

As time went on we began to build homes that looked like castles, myself but included. With high walls, gates and an abundance, we started to isolate ourselves from the ones who helped us achieve our abundance.

I’d often reflect on my childhood days and remember laughing far more than I’ve done in recent years. Hardly any money but plenty of ambition.

I have also been able to return time and time again throwing caution to the wind to regain the innocence of simplicity, community and meaning.

It was the wise words of Jesus who reminds us not to sell our soul for fools gold, saying “What would a person exchange for their soul, what if the whole world was theirs at the cost of their soul, would they make the deal”?

I’d suggest too many of us have made the exchange for far far less, only to find ourselves lost and lonely.

Don’t feel sorry for yourself if life is challenging but you still have fire in your belly and a reason to live.

Feel sorry yourself if you feel you’ve arrived, you are the poorest of them all.

Parents, encourage your children to value what they are able to give in life not get.

To the young person who is trying to get ahead, grow your skills and help others achieve. Place great value in your own ability to encourage others while you need encouragement yourself. This is a mark of true leadership and character. This is a person who clearly will escape the curse and temptation of delusional narcissistic grandeur.

Maybe even drive the worst car on the street until you can afford to buy the best house in the neighbourhood. Just don’t forget where you’ve come from.

Don’t despise the days of small beginnings ~ An ancient word of wisdom

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