“Happiness resides not in possessions, and not in gold, happiness dwells in the soul.” – Democritus
Materials are not everything. One story that comes to mind when I say this is the story of my missing flip phone. I was in grade school and my parents got me my first flip phone to stay in touch with them when I was out with my friends. It was also a lesson to teach me about responsibility for keeping track of something. I remember my Mom constantly told me that I was responsible for it and that I shouldn’t lose it. So guess what, I lost it, but in a very weird way. I was playing basketball in my backyard and I left my phone on my grandfather’s car. Of course, I forgot it was there so when he went to leave, I thought nothing of it and kept playing basketball. It’s hard to lose something in your own backyard but I figured it out.
I did eventually figure out that I left it on my Grandfather’s car but now what? There isn’t much you can do about something like this except call the phone. Hours later we got a return call from someone across town over 2 miles away that found my phone. If you can’t tell from the past sentence, my Grandfather was a very slow driver. I was thrilled so my Dad and I went to meet the person at the gas station. I stayed in the car, my Dad went and talked to him and then came back empty handed. I asked him what happened and the guy was trying to get a finder’s fee for the phone for well over triple what the beat-up, flip phone was worth and my Dad said no thanks. So we left and I was very disappointed but looking back on it, it really is a good life lesson. Things like that don’t really mean much, it’s just a phone and it wasn’t worth it. Also, it taught me to never let a person take advantage of your situation. Life isn’t about the things, it’s about the people around you and figuring out what makes you happy and fulfilled. It’s ok if my first phone is thrown in the river because my second phone sat in my drawer until a few days ago when I decluttered it. There is so much more to life and I am glad that I never got that phone back. We will end it with a blanket apology, sorry if your reading this and I never texted you back in the mid 2000s lol. Now you know why.
Item 098 of 360+
Today’s item is a really fun game from back in the PS3 days. I remember playing through all the different characters with friends and the crazy psychos and claptraps. I haven’t played this game nor the PS3 in years though so it’s time to say goodbye to an old friend. Expect the next game in this series tomorrow as we inch closer to day 100.