The best things in life are free. The love of a mother for a child. The warmth of the sun beating down on your face. The refreshing beat of the rain after a hot summer’s day. The companionship of close friends.
Often we forget that these intangible things are what we ought to savour. Instead we focus on the meals in swanky restuarants, tickets to the best shows, vacations in far flung places, the latest designer clothing. The satisfaction gained from owning the latest model of a car, or the excitement experienced from attending a concert of a favourite entertainer, is short-lived. The pleasure is fleeting and the chase is begun again for other things to buy and pay for that we believe will fulfil our need.
And yet what we need is free. Money cannot buy true love and unconditional acceptance. We cannot pay for the friendship that is gained from a close companion. Swipe a credit card and you will not receive the arms of a young child wrapped around your neck in trust and acceptance.
Yes, the best things in life are free. All we need to do is accept them, appreciate them, and be grateful for them.
What free things do you enjoy?
© Colline Kook-Chun, 2015
(This post was inspired by the Five Minute Friday prompt: Free)