“Are you too busy looking for diamonds and pearls?” This post caption stood out boldly as I scrolled through my Facebook feed this morning. Yes, I thought to myself, I have been one of those people for most of my life. I constantly compared myself to others. I measured EVERYTHING by how much it cost. I have some crazy wealthy friends who are also very generous, kind and wonderful, but I couldn’t enjoy their friendship because I felt small. I was going to say that they made me feel small, but that wouldn’t be true, but that’s what I told myself.
A lot shifted for me as I moved into middle age. Somewhere along the line, money and how much everyone has receded as sharing experiences moved to the foreground. I am constantly amazed at the beauty I find in little things, the way things feel to the touch. The way things taste. Hugs, smiles and thoughtful gestures. So much of the awesome stuff in life is free and goes unnoticed in our busy lives. I just take things for granted. I don’t give myself time to notice and appreciate–really appreciate–all the good stuff of life, the diamonds and pearls.
People are people no matter what they do for a living, how much they have or how much I have or don’t have. Letting go of my search for diamonds and pearls has brought me riches beyond compare.