Parenting Tip – I Could Have Been Rich, Instead I’m Happy

hikersI just finished reading Paul Stutzman’s book “Hiking Through“.  I cried and laughed all the way through it.  This is a man who lost his wife to cancer, then followed God’s counsel to retire from his career in the restaurant business and hike the Appalachian Trail (which took him 5 months to do).  During his hike he found peace with God and found a new direction for his life.

The author met many other hikers on the trail and hiked with them during different sections of his 2,000+ miles hike.  A fellow hiker named Pathfinder, also lost his wife.  Pathfinder told him that after his wife  died, he sold his construction company at the height of the building boom and left to hike the Appalachian Trail.  He told the author, “If I’d kept my business and not done that hike, I’d be a rich man today.  Instead, I’m happy.”

That thought has stayed with me since reading the book.  “Instead, I’m happy.”

What choices have you made–and are they making you happy?

Have you chosen to work at home or in the business world because you know that’s best for your family at this season in your life?

Have you chosen a smaller home to live in so you can have financial peace of mind?

Have you chosen to not nag your husband/wife and instead nourish and enjoy him/her?

Have you chosen to stay at home with your children so you can teach, love and mother them?

Have you chosen to listen to your children and feel what they are feeling?

Look at your life and look at your choices,

(hikers photo by Martin Fisch)

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