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Priceless treasures

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By Jason Bolton

Author Anthony J. D'Angelo once said, “Treasure your relationships, not your possessions.”

Have you ever seen that credit card commercial on television that says, “shrimp, $50; a night on the town, $75; having a good time with those you love, priceless.”

Isn’t it amazing how we take so many important things for granted yet value something that only lasts for a few years and feel we’ve conquered the world?

I remember years ago I got this car that was more for looks than it actually suiting me. It was red and sporty, and I’m more about plain and comfort.

When I first got it, I was in love. People would stare at me while I drove through town and did a double-take. The only reason they did a double-take of my previous car was because the muffler was about to fall off and it made such a racket.

After the first year, it slowly lost its luster. It needed repairs and it no longer had that feeling of comfort and joy like it did when I drove it off the car lot for the first time. People’s heads no longer turned and suddenly, my mentality of thinking I was king of the world became dethroned really quick.

However, the one thing that didn’t change was those I love.

My mom, sisters, family and real best friends never changed. They never lost their luster or inward beauty. The feeling of being around them was always the same every time I saw them, and still is to this day.

Sometimes, in this rough economy with numerous reports about everyone losing their jobs and homes, it’s nice to be able to cherish those in your life that will never rust or decay. To me, it will always be sharing a laugh or life experience with my sisters, learn a little something from my niece and nephews, cherish those times with special people in my life, and receive sloppy wet kisses from my dogs.

Yes, my friends, those things will never die, rust of decay. They never have and they never will.

Sporty red car to make people impressed with you, too many dollars to count; having a personality with a superficial ego, not even worth a dollar; remembering those you love and carrying them with you in your heart forever, priceless.