Many of us are tense and feeling a little uneasy about what is going on right now. An article written by Ron Lieber and titled "Some Purchases May Still Be Worth the Price", appeared in the New York Times on October 18, 2008.
The article describes the process a family went through to come to the decision to buy a boat. Here are some excerpts from the article that all of us can relate to:
"...most of us work not merely for subsistence, but so we can spend money on things and experiences that bring us some form of contentment".
"When you look at life from that perspective, it's about creating memories".
"A boat is an investment in relationships, something that isn't readily apparent until you are on one".
"The time on our boat is untouchable (from the rest of life's troubles)".
"What she (my wife) helped me to see is that having a boat is an opportunity to connect, to spend time together when the boys are off doing their own thing".
From one of their teenage sons - "As a teenager, I look forward to doing things that teenagers do...but the boat was something I really learned to love".
"If you value family and friendships and experiences, the things that you might lose don't mean quite as much. It puts it all in perspective".
"Your job as a parent, a friend or life partner is to create memories with each other. That's what we're here for. And I think in that respect, the decision to purchase the boat was a good decision".
So, why would you even think about buying a boat right now? It's simple - because all of our "nows", are memories waiting to be created. None of us have any guarantee how many more "nows" we have waiting for us. Our families and friends are the true investments that we must nurture and grow.
Make "now" the beginning of priceless memories and invest in a lifetime of vacations together.