Our home reflects who we are. It embodies our thoughts and values. The cumulation of our choices. There are few other decisions for which people work for decades - sometimes spending more money on a house than themselves or their families. Thoughtful is not hate of capitalistic success. On the contrary. Thoughtful is only enabled if we are industrious and enterprising. Thoughtful is not careless or slothful. Nor retreat. It requires us to be bold and determined. It is one of our greatest challenges. Just as we often may not understand how our homes work, we may not understand why we choose. We may not have bothered to look. Or perhaps we dare not look. We do it because everyone else does it. We do it because someone else expects it - at least, that's what we suspect. And just as we may not understand why we choose, they also may not understand why they expect. Or why do they do the same things. By examining, we see the effects. We see how things can improve. By choosing, we can act differently. The choice is ours: do no harm. Or not. By understanding what we need, we can achieve. Otherwise, we'll never achieve. And even if we do, we won't realize and just keep going - and always wonder where we are. By understanding what we need, we know when to stop. And if we act further, our words and actions should enable others to improve their lives. Only by focusing ourselves to deliver forever greater improvements in people's lives, ie. real value, can we achieve enduring success. Respect and esteem are achieved, not through houses and cars, but by magnanimity and compassion. The rest is baubles and trinkets. And people yelling on street corners, waving their arms. Simple, frugal and thoughtful. This is only achieved through true strength. “We think sometimes that poverty is only being hungry, naked and homeless. The poverty of being unwanted, unloved and uncared for is the greatest poverty. We must start in our own homes to remedy this kind of poverty.” ---Mother Theresa