Do you remember your high school yearbook? Remember the “Most likely to...” categories and designations? Most likely to succeed, get married, have ten kids, win the lottery and then lose the ticket? Become a farmer, or become “internet famous”?
I remember the guy who was voted “Most likely to be rich.” In fact, one early morning several years ago, I was driving on U.S. 60 when I noticed a car on the roadside; the hood was raised and a well-dressed businessman was staring at the motor. Knowing some things about auto-repair, I decided to stop and help. I kid you not—it was the guy voted “most likely to be rich” in our high school yearbook! I helped him get his car running and sent him on his way, and yes… he was rich. We had a twenty-minute conversation about his many business endeavors in central Kentucky. As the conversation wound down, I said, “Tell me, friend, are you happy?” Crickets. Total silence. His eyes answered my question. As he drove away, I remember feeling sad for him.
I believe we’re truly successful when we learn to deeply value all the things that money can’t buy, but not until. Remember the line from Kipling’s immortal poem? “If you can dream and not let dreams become your master… you’ll be a man, my son.” Yep…
Often, life is what we miss while we’re busy chasing more “important things.” In his wonderful book Notes to Myself, Hugh Prather puts it like this: “If only I’d forgotten future greatness and looked at the green things and reached out to those around me and smelled the air and ignored all the forms and self-styled obligations and heard the rain on the roof and put my arms around my wife and… it’s not too late.”
What dreams consume you these days? Are they about people or possessions? Hey, make a list. Write them down! You’ll discover that the question will answer itself.