We all strive to save and accumulate assets. First one car, and then another. Then a house. Then maybe a boat. And then we need a bigger house. A pool would be fun. Oh hey, let’s upgrade that car. Of course, we must save for retirement. And we must travel. Wow, my clothes are old, time to buy some new outfits.
I’ll bet we can all relate to at least some of the statements above. And for the most part, that’s all okay. We need shelter, we need a place to relax, and if we can afford a couple of leisure toys that’s all right too. But there is other treasure to consider.
The treasure of others. The treasure of humanity. The treasure of helping someone who doesn’t have as much as you do. The treasure of a smile.
Yes, it is important to accumulate cold assets such as cash; stocks; and real estate. But it is also important to accumulate warm assets. The grateful smile you get when you teach someone English who doesn’t know it. The words of thank you receive when you give someone a ride who doesn’t have a car. The enjoyment of going out to dinner with someone who needs company. The list is endless.
Perhaps it would be nice to spend some time thinking about little ways you could accumulate some warm treasure now and then. It doesn’t have to be hard; it doesn’t have to be a big commitment. Rake some leaves for someone or take someone to lunch. Go to a nursing home and visit with someone once per month. It’ll make their day.
And it will make yours too!
You’ll be surprised to discover that you have the power to make the world a warmer place.