“You are a very hard person to buy for. You have everything you need,” said a good friend looking at me as to say, “you’re spoiled.” Well, he’s right. I have everything I need. As a matter of fact I would go even one step further to say I have most things I want. Yes, I’m spoiled. While I don’t consider myself financially wealthy, I should since, by the world’s standards, most of us living in America would be labeled “rich.” So the question of the hour turned into a simple and yet practical one: What do you give someone who has everything? While the discussion was general in nature, it was clearly addressed at me. The more narrow translation would be “Maurilio, what can anyone give you that you either don’t have or wouldn’t go out and buy it for yourself if you wanted it?” So I thought for a few seconds before I answered it. Here’s what I came up with.
I want the things money can’t buy:
The companionship of a friend.
An encouraging text message
An unexpected call
An affirming email
A handwritten note
A trip around the Virgin Island in your private Yacht (Ok, technically, MY money can’t buy this)
People who have everything know that the “thing” part of “everything” is a trap. I’m glad I got this one figured out. Things don’t make me happy anymore. Well, they never did, but for a good long part of my life, I thought they did and I pursued them. Being able to share life in a meaningful way with those whom I love and care for make my day. These unforgettable exchanges are the most precious gifts you can ever give someone who has everything.
What’s the best gift anyone can give you?