Upon reflecting on life, as well as learning from others daily, I remembered a saying on a key chain I had as a kid. "Money isn't everything, but it's right up there with oxygen." At first glance, you might chuckle. However, as life progresses, you begin to realize the validity of this quote.
Society may be different in different cultures, but upon research, it looks as though people are used to money being a significant part of existence. When tragedy strikes such as death, those involved or emotionally connected to the event in some way change their thinking to be more appreciative of life. Oxygen is one of the most important elements for life on Earth, yet problems arise when their is a lack of money.
Yes, food, water, shelter all have a monetary value associated with them. Yet, what is the value of life? Every person wants, and encourages to life life to fullest. What does that mean? It can be experiences or personal objects. The problem associated with lessons in life is the judgement on how to live your life from those you are emotionally connected to exude.
People tend to take time for granted. More and more we are reminded our time could be taken from us. In recent years, I have found I am happiest when experiencing things with people I enjoy being around. Perhaps these "things" have a monetary value, yet that isn't the most important aspect.
If we as people, take time to reflect on the experiences we have had other than focusing what is left, perhaps we will finish that list.