We just watched "The Secret" not too long ago and our assignment was to create our own vision board showing our goals and what we want to accomplish in life.
I talked about some simple things: lasting love, my dream job, lots of money, good health, a New England home. I highlighted things I want my life to be about: creativity, gratitude, positivity, believing, and inspiring others.
The worst part? I had to get up in front of 20 people and present my board!
My heart was racing as soon as the presentations began. The longer I waited the more dry my throat got and the more I could feel my blood pulsating through my jugular... I had to get this over with.
I'm no public speaker, but I basically avoided eye contact and stared at my poster the whole time, glancing up every now and then. I got my points across and happily sat down, feeling the rush of adrenaline slowly leave my body over the next 15 minutes.
I noticed a lot of other people had mostly materialistic things on their boards: cars, engagement rings, fancy homes, pools, piles of money, shoes, jewelry, etc.
I get it, those things are nice, and it would be pretty awesome to have them, but is that what you really seek out of life?
Now, I was going to compare this "materialism vs. developing of good character" concept by venting about the Kardashian divorce (gag), but I think Mitch Albom explains what went through my head pretty perfectly:
“We've got a sort of brainwashing going on in our country, Morrie sighed. Do you know how they brainwash people? They repeat something over and over. And that's what we do in this country. Owning things is good. More money is good. More property is good. More commercialism is good. More is good. More is good. We repeat it--and have it repeated to us--over and over until nobody bothers to even think otherwise. The average person is so fogged up by all of this, he has no perspective on what's really important anymore.
Wherever I went in my life, I met people wanting to gobble up something new. Gobble up a new car. Gobble up a new piece of property. Gobble up the latest toy. And then they wanted to tell you about it. 'Guess what I got? Guess what I got?'
You know how I interpreted that? These were people so hungry for love that they were accepting substitutes. They were embracing material things and expecting a sort of hug back. But it never works. You can't substitute material things for love or for gentleness or for tenderness or for a sense of comradeship.
Money is not a substitute for tenderness, and power is not a substitute for tenderness. I can tell you, as I'm sitting here dying, when you most need it, neither money nor power will give you the feeling you're looking for, no matter how much of them you have.”
So true, right?
Well there you have it, one moment down, 29 more to go...
Visit me tomorrow to read about Day #2 :)
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