The picture above (courtesy of Laura Gunn, my sister and owner of Laura Gunn Art) highlights my nephew after having just made $18. It speaks to me on so many levels.
At a glance, you might think that this picture merely highlights the impulses of materialism. Yeah, I'm sure there's a little of that there—kids love stuff!—but what about the joy that we receive from being rewarded for our hard work? What about the innocence of believing you have plenty when, by society's standards, you've got nothing?
I love how it takes so little to make children so happy. Eighteen dollars. When's the last time that you reveled in eighteen dollars? I might get a bit giddy at finding money in my pocket that I had forgotten was there, but I would not bask in my discovery. And I would certainly not put my giddiness on display for others. (Okay, I might get giddy over the next season of Stranger Things—I'm not a robot!)
I suppose this picture is a reminder to me of the importance of gratitude. I have so much to be grateful for. In particular, little things happen around me every day that I take entirely for granted. I have the means to get by as I build up my practice. I have a wife and children who love me and a bigger family (including this adorable boy above) who support me in challenging times. So much to bask in.