Most people come to America so that they can make a better life for themselves and their family. Upon arriving here they obtain jobs, housing, and cars. With their finances they are finally able to buy the clothes they’ve desire, and the electronics that they’ve seen others using, but could never afford for themselves. Before long, they are set. They are living the ‘American dream’.
But as they look around at their new-found fortune, there are a few things missing. Things that money can’t buy. Family, togetherness, and joy.
Back in their homeland, they had nothing to distract themselves from their family. Their spare time wasn’t spent in front of a TV or video game, separated by walls and headphones. Instead, their time was spent playing and visiting with one another.
Dinners were enjoyed as a family, without the clicking of fingers on mobile devices. They had conversations, laughed together, and shared stories about their day. They were family. Their bond was strong. They had togetherness.
Back in their homeland they had nothing, but they had everything. Having spoken to many people who’ve moved here, several of them want to go back to nothing, just so that they can have everything again.
Growing up in America, many of us don’t feel the same loss that people who migrated here do. We were raised with all of these luxuries, and are accustomed to this way of life. Most of us have never known any different, and because of that we don’t fully realize what we’re missing.
Back in the old days before cars, TVs, and cell phones, families here in America had togetherness too. Of course the work was more labor intensive and illnesses were harder to cure, but families were together.
They had a greater appreciation for the people in their lives, because those people were their life. Their family was more important than anything else. They were also more grateful for the small things they had; the things that now days we so often take for granted.
It’s very easy to get caught up in our careers, chasing after money, and competing to get to the next level. That gives us satisfaction. For a time. But, true satisfaction isn’t found in our job or bank account. It’s found in those around us.
Even though I do enjoy the many luxuries of today’s world, I would gladly sacrifice them all if given the chance to go back in time a few generations. To a time when life was harder, yet simple. A time when people valued what was truly important. A time before their priorities became mixed up. A simple, yet fulfilling life.
“Most of us spend too much time on what is urgent and not enough time on what is important.” – Stephen R. Covey