I have noticed that there is a lot of greed in the world today. It seems that the more some people have the more they want. When is enough, enough? Although I have thought about that question many times over the last few years, the answer continues to evade me. The deeper question I ponder would be; are they happy and content?
My mother was born in the year, 1927. Times were tough then and getting worse day by day. Two years later, on October 29,1929, the stock market crashed leading to The Great Depression, and those who had little had even less. The Great Depression continued for ten years ending in 1939. My mother was twelve at that time. She often spoke of those hard times, when little was on the table, clothes were passed down and worn, mended, worn again until they were too thin even to be used as rags. Mom always told the stories with a smile on her face. She always told me that they didn’t have much, but they had each other. Through the example of their parents, they learned to be happy in the good times and in the bad times. They were content beyond words because they had so much more than material things.
I think what is missing today is being thankful for what we have. When we are grateful for the little things in life, content takes hold of our hearts and we feel peaceful.
A lot of clothes, fancy cars, and big houses, might be nice, but those things shouldn’t be what brings us true happiness.
The love of family and friends, helping others, finding the beauty of an ordinary day, having a purpose, and enjoying everything God has given us is how most people lived their lives during the Depression and for many years to come. It is time to get back to the simple ways of life where people think of others, and not the need to want more.
I will ask my question again; when is enough, enough?