Monday, July 23, 2007
When it Comes to the Next Best Thing, Forget About it
I have a friend that just cracks me up. Old-fashioned witticisms with a modern, relevant twist come out of his brain and through his mouth as steady as the flow of a mountain stream. The other day we were talking and he says, "You know they always say when one door closes another one opens, but they never bother to tell you how long the dang hallway is."
We all have those times in our lives when we feel like we're hanging around waiting for the next best thing to come along, or we might be in an especially long, dark hallway with no idea when the door is going to open up.
For instance, I've been practicing frugality in my life lately. I do this from time to time, and it usually seems right. These very brief bouts of trying to control my outgoing cash flow, usually end with a door opening up, letting in the sunbeams which are bouncing off lifting clouds. I feel an ease and comfort, which is not very often preceded by a check, I just have a feeling that things are going to get better. I liken my experiences with frugality to fasting, of which I have little or no experience unless you want to call those brief intervals between 3 square meals a day, a fasting period.
The point is, tightening your belt is a good discipline, but not a way of life. If we think stingily, fearful that our world is coming to an end, then we are not open to the opportunities of life.
I've been an entrepreneur all my life according to my older sister, who says I used to buy and trade horse models at the tender age of 8. If only my mother hadn't thrown my horse collection away, I'd be a millionaire right now, as those retro horses, like appreciating Barbie dolls are more costly now than when they were new.
Collecting has got to be more than just about "appreciating assets," however. Collecting for me is about "appreciating" the intrinsic value of something. And as I've written many times before, collect art that you enjoy, not what the critics tell you is "the next best thing." There's too much waiting in our lives for the "next best thing." Go out and live your life today, I say. Look through our pages, and see what you can find to collect what inspires you.--Ruth Mitchell