“Go back to your books, your fireplace. Plant your trees, watch them grow. If more of us valued home above gold, it would be a merrier world.” – Tolkien

This quote resonates with me to my very core. In this modern day world too many people value money and material things above anything else. Can you imagine if everyone you met had a true appreciation for home and the simpler things in life? Oh, what a world it would be.

There’s nothing better than coming home after a long day in corporate America. The minute I step through my front door, all the worries and urgency of the day just melt away. Everything moves so quickly in our world today. No one takes a second to stop and smell the roses. It’s all about making money, buying the newest gadgets, and being better than the person sitting next to you. But life wasn’t meant to be that way, we as humans have set these impossible standards for ourselves. We’re constantly looking at ways that we can crush the competition.

For a very long time, I lived my life trying to be better than everyone else. I’m a short Hispanic woman and I felt like, because of that, I always had something to prove. I didn’t want anyone to think I was incapable of “making it.” It took me being emotionally abused by an ex, who I’d chosen to be with because he had power, for me to finally realize that being the best of the best wasn’t what life was about.

Life is about doing what makes you happy. It’s about finding yourself. The day I understood that there was more to life than gold and riches, was the day that I truly started living. My newfound appreciation for life was such a foreign feeling. I wasn’t buried in my phone anymore. I actually looked at my surroundings and took them in, instead of power walking with my head down and my headphones drowning out all the beautiful sounds of life. I wasn’t comparing myself to the person sitting next to me. I was working to be able to be home doing the things that I love and being with the people I cared about. Instead of working to have more money and more things.

Take a look at the life you’re living. Are you happy? Are you doing the things you love? Are you working hard for yourself? Or just so you can be better than someone else? There comes a time when we have to ask ourselves these questions and when we have to realize that there’s more to life than gold. If you’ve come to this realization, tell me what inspired you. If you haven’t, tell me what’s holding you back. Maybe we can figure out how to get you there together.

16 thoughts on “Home Above Gold

  1. This couldn’t have come at a better time. I have a meeting at work tomorrow. I accepted a promotion that was more to help someone else than what I wanted and now feel trapped. This has helped put things in perspective.

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    1. I’m so glad it has helped you in your personal life. That means the world to me. Fight for what’s going to make you happy and don’t forget to always take care of yourself!


  2. I arrived at the same conclusion a few years ago. I cut back my hours at work and decided to concentrate on more freelancing so that I could have more control over my time. Time is our most valuable asset and something that we tend to fritter away all too often. I want to spend more of my time doing the things that matter to me most–hanging out with family and friends, talking to God, learning new things, and making memories. Material things can never make a happy life.

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    1. You’re absolutely right. We waste too much time just going through the motions and not doing the things that make us happy. To me, someone who’s passionate about a part time job is more inspiring than someone who’s miserable but successful at their full time job.

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    1. Of course and thank you for sharing your experience as well. It’s always tough to even try to get over that feeling. I hope you’ve been able to do things for yourself ❤

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  3. The way you described coming home from a long day in corporate is sooo relatable! I love how this post makes us a little more mindful of our lives 🙂


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  4. “The day I understood that there was more to life than gold and riches, was the day that I truly started living.”
    This says it all. I was brought up by parents who toiled everyday to ensure my sister and I get good education. We owe them our success, our happiness and our whole lives. This happened amidst relatives who were (still are) very rich. We grew up listening to snide remarks from them. But our small family had riches they never did. One simple example being dinner time- we all used have dinner together every single evening. Right from childhood I’m aware that I’m rich, but my riches do not amount to gold.

    P.S. this is so well written! This is the kind of stuff the world needs right now. Keep them coming.

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    1. These are the types of values I want to instill in my family. I’ve just begun opening my eyes to what’s really important and I’m going to continue to try and inspire others to open theirs. Thank you for your kind words and your encouragement ❤

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