Everything is relative. Everything.
Far too many times my family has looked at our house or standard of living and thought, “Hmm… is that it?” It is like a page right out of Goldilocks and the Three Bears, except Goldilocks, never finds the bed that is ‘just right.’
Keeping Up With The Jones
There are several terrible epidemics in America. However, I genuinely believe that it is the greed, contempt, and overconsumption of things, food, a power that leads to many of the epidemics we face. Keeping up with the Jones’ is at the root of them all. There is this notion that we are worth nothing unless it is better than the person next to us. However, isn’t that relative to who is standing next to you? Take, for example, living in John’s Creek, a city of luxury and overabundance; our kids have friends living in McMansions and 3 and four-story homes that make our 2,300 sq. Ft. home look like large tiny home. So much so, we have contemplated ‘upgrading’ as many here do… larger rooms, larger kitchens, finished basement, larger home – more sq. Ft. to get yourself lost in and separated from the limited and precious family time.
It was then we had yet other visitors that, in comparison, and relative to where they called home, we were living in overabundance.
MAA Log Day 3: Where I Call Home
I am mindful that I am truly blessed to live in a beautiful state that is relatively inexpensive and is home to mountains, great cityscapes, short drive to the beaches and an overabundance of diversity and greenery (trees, parks & the likes), and that I am fortunate to call this place home.
I accept that we have chosen our place of living and are accountable to be responsible for both the privilege of living here as well as the fiscal responsibility it requires to follow through our commitments. Though there have been hardships, we made this choice and continued to choose to call this place home – we will be responsible for the said choice.
I appreciate that where I call home has very little to do with geography and more to do with the people with which I choose to share my house.