Luxury Is:

man wearing white suit jacket and white pants

94-year-old Clint Eastwood is ‘telling’…

“Do not look for luxury in watches or bracelets, do not look for luxury in forks or sails.

Luxury is laughter and friends, luxury is rain on your face, luxury is hugs and kisses.

Don’t look for luxury in shops, don’t look for it in gifts, don’t look for it at parties, don’t look for it at events.

Luxury is being loved by people, luxury is being respected, luxury is having parents alive,

luxury is being able to play with your grandchildren, luxury is what money can’t buy.”

There you have it. I mean if Clint Eastwood tells you something, surely that settles it. Somewhere else, I believe it’s a Chinese proverb that says, “Don’t laugh at old age, pray to reach it.”

And Clint Eastwood at 94 has seen a lot. Most older folks have seen a lot—some of which we would have been happy not seeing.

There are all sorts of tidbits of wisdom as you go through life that people will share with you. Be careful whose tidbits you follow.

“Ever wonder why happiness is so elusive? Because we look for it in the future rather than in the present.” I’m going to attribute that to Michael Lee Hill~

Another one of the reasons happiness seems so elusive is we look for it in the wrong places … If we were happy in the present we wouldn’t be still ‘looking’ for it. Hence, we are looking for it somewhere (future) where we aren’t.

Clint Eastwood advises not to look for—he calls it luxury—or I’m calling it happiness. Either way, don’t look for it in things. It can’t be ‘bought’. Don’t look for it in ‘places’— high, low, fancy, or plain. It isn’t like, hiding under a rock, or a leaf in the garden, or someplace ‘out there’.

Clint says luxury is found in love. A special love, a reciprocal love. It can be between husband and wife, parents and children, grandchildren, true friends and good acquaintances. It can be a love or respect, an enjoyment of something together.

Another reason happiness isn’t easily found is not just that we look for it in the wrong places, we look for it in the wrong ways. Some of those ways are obviously self-defeating. Some of these things can bring temporary good feelings, but not lasting contentment.

It can be found in accomplishments, in good works, and in talents, but not in them of their own merit.

Can we find satisfaction in something well done? Yes, and that can be a pleasant feeling. We can look at a life of good works and the use of God-given talents with satisfaction.

Solomon in the book of Ecclesiastes, tells how he sought happiness. Eastwood called it luxury, and Solomon called it wisdom. The book of Ecclesiastes is all about Solomon’s quest, and Ecclesiastes is one of my favorite books. One of the main quotes is ‘vanity of vanities, all is vanity.’ The question it asks and answers in the end is:

“What profit hath a man of all his labour which he taketh under the sun?” (Ecclesiastes 1:3)

And Solomon tries it all. He is wealthy, powerful, and has the ability to search many different avenues. After all of the ‘vanities’ he tries he concludes:

“There is nothing better for a man, than that he should eat and drink, and that he should make his soul enjoy good in his labour. This also I saw, that it was from the hand of God.” (Ecclesiastes 2:24)

“And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:7)

Luxury, wisdom, or happiness, no matter what we label it many times it comes when we least expect it. Like a butterfly evading our net, if we chase happiness it escapes us. That is only part of why we are instructed not to look for it.

Like Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, when she says “If I ever go looking for my heart’s desire again, I won’t look any further than my own back yard. Because if it isn’t there, I never really lost it to begin with.”

Call it luxury, wisdom or, Timothy calls it contentment.

“But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.” (1 Timothy 6:6-8)