The True Value of Life: Why Everything We Have Is Only on Loan

Roger Skibowski
4 min readFeb 5, 2023

Many of us take for granted the things we have in our lives. Since we have worked hard to acquire them, they are ours to keep. But the truth is, everything we have is only on loan to us. We are merely stewards of the resources we have been given.

What would happen if we viewed everything we have as being on loan to us. Suddenly, we would have a much greater sense of responsibility for taking care of those things. We would be more careful with them, and we would be more inclined to share them with others.

When we realize that everything we have is only on loan, it changes our perspective on life. We realize that we are not the owners of anything, but rather the caretakers. And that is a position of great honor and responsibility.

The Impermanence of Life

In some philosophies, the doctrine of impermanence is the belief that all things in life are temporary and will eventually come to an end. This includes our thoughts, feelings, and even our physical bodies. Everything is in a constant state of change, and nothing is permanent.

This may sound like a negative way to view life, but it can be quite freeing. If we accept that everything is temporary, it can help us let go of attachments and live in the present moment. It can also help us to appreciate the good times, knowing that they will eventually come to an end.

So next time you’re feeling down about something in your life, remember that it is only temporary. Everything changes, and nothing is permanent.

Why Possessions Are Temporary

It’s a fact of life that everything we have is only on loan. We are born into this world with nothing, and we leave with nothing. In between, we accumulate a lifetime of possessions. But ultimately, we must come to terms with the fact that everything we have is only temporary.

This can be a difficult concept to accept, but it’s important to remember that nothing in this world is truly ours. We may think that we own our possessions, but the truth is, they are on loan for the duration of our visit. Whether it’s through death, decay, or simply the passage of time, everything we have is only temporary.

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