So what would you say is the best car for you?
And by the way, I’m talking about if you didn’t have to buy it yourself. You are allowed to choose any car and you’ve got it to drive for as long as you want (but not to sell). What would you take?
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Here’s a pause in the text for you to think through which car you want (before reading on)
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So, there are a lot of great cars out there: If you want a ‘successful business man’ look, maybe something like an Audi A4 or A6 or a Lexus LS 600h L. If you want just cool, maybe a Porsch Boxter, or, seeing as you can get whatever you want, maybe an Aston Martin DB10 (James Bond’s car from Spectre). You might consider a nippy Smart car that can get you into those difficult parking spaces or perhaps a nice sturdy Landrover Discovery, or a nice big BMW X6… Yup, there are a lot of great cars out there…
But there’s another way of looking at what makes a car great… What’s that? Well, here’s an example:
- A car that gives lifts to people who don’t have a car of their own.
- A car in which those inside enjoy talking and sharing time together and in which there are no conversations where derogatory words are said about anyone else.
- A car that takes kids to school so they can learn and grow.
- A car that is driven to a sick friend or to a lonely older person in an old age home in order to cheer them up and see if they need any help.
You get the point… What I’m trying to say is that the ‘bodies’ of the different cars that are out there may vary… I’m talking about their look, power and features… But in the big scheme of things, these are just externals. They aren’t what’s really important. (What?! 😧) Yes! They weren’t why we were put down here. What is important is whether or not we’re living our life according to the values that we know are truly important, and using our car, and our other stuff, in that context.
We live in a world where the body is emphasised and glamorised (eg all the paparazzi snapping at Justin Beiber driving to a party in his Lamborghini Gallardo) whereas the pursuits of the higher self don’t get so much hype. If we listen to what the world is telling us is important, we’ll end up prioritising that which is external instead of that which is eternal!
And the point here isn’t to say that there is something wrong with having things that are physically attractive or cool… The point is simply not to get subliminally indoctrinated by the world in which we live that the ‘look’ and ‘comfort’ of our stuff is more important than the values which we use to determine how we use it.
So let me end by sharing a cool, simple question that can help us stay focused on what we believe is most important:
What are my top 3 values that give my life real meaning?
Something to think about.
(Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments place below)
Until next time 😀.
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