I was in Los Angeles, California recently. (Yup, it was a business trip.) Stayed in a grand suite fit for royalty in one of the most expensive hotels in the area, and for the whole duration of my stay had a limo and personal chauffeur at my beck and call. Every night, the hotel manager attempted to impress me by sending in complimentary VIP accouterments to my suite: flowers and fruits one time, red wine on another, chocolates and fine candies on yet another, etc. I dined and wined with executives of a number of top multinational companies in the US, so that meant nothing less than chef-prepared, fine gourmet stuff. All luxury, fancy and fabulous.
With all these, I realized one thing. While I enjoy all these great luxurious stuff (and yes they impress me) they really don’t make me happy. In short I am detached from these things — I’m good if they’re there, I’m equally good if they aren’t. I am ambitious in many things, but not in material possessions. Don’t credit me for this though, since it’s a non-effort on my side — maybe I was just born (or bred) this way. And I’m happy I am this way.
Perhaps it’s because I value more the fuzzy stuff of life. You know, those icky stuff like friendship, love, sincerity, kindness, respect, courtesy, diversity, learning, adventure, sunsets, art, music, and beauty in its many incarnations. O diba pang-beauty pageant ang statement? Hehehe. But really, these are the things that make me tick. These make me feel accomplished and significant in this world. That is why even this blog for me is much more than just the ad revenues, and definitely much more than the “celebrity status” some would attach to it. I love MGG for the community that has gathered around it, and the insights I gain from the interaction here.
How about you, dear readers? What makes this world, your life, worth all the fuss? What do you appreciate the most living your life? What Makes You Tick?
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