Driving all around Puget Sound yesterday I was reminded of how many ‘things’ there are for consumers to buy and get distracted by. All that was contrasted by various radio and media stories I listened to.
On the radio, NPR had a story about people in Arkansas who had gotten many lucrative benefits as the gas company moved in to their town. In exchange they ended up with a series of earthquakes due to high-pressure water being injected into the earth to dig exploratory wells. Now their whole community was threatened, so they ended up bonding together to make a statement to the company and currently they have stopped the drilling due to their voices in unison.
Earlier I had heard a story about all the indulgences of the rock n’ roll lifestyle of the base player of the band Korn and how it had lead him to renounce it at his father’s passing. None of the wealth he had accumulated could save the most important person to him.
The last story involved a young American man of Nigerian origin who’s father, all though never present in his life growing up, occupied much of his own desire to figure out his identity. When he finally connected with his father, although brief, the young man was brought back into his center.
These stories I heard on my journeys to bring Reiki to various shut-in clients filled me with much introspection.
What is really important when it comes to day-to-day? The accumulation of things, although feel-goods for sure, are transient. You can occupy your whole day shopping for things. But I feel, and am reminded by these stories that the relationships and connections we have with others, although those too can be passing, somehow stay with us much, much longer.
Relationships effect us in ways consumer goods can only hope to.