It is amazing how a luxury yesterday;

Becomes a necessity today;

How an indulgence by the wealthy few;

Evolves into a habit by the ordinary mass;

I then wonder what the rush is;

To be the first to patronize a product;

When it would eventually catch up;

With everyone else;

Living a life of luxury;

May make one look fancy and live comfortably;

But also has the tendency of infecting one with vanity;

With the false impression that one’s life is better;

But the measure of a life well-lived;

Discounts the things money can buy;

And regards the substance of influence;


Luxury should be a bonus to success; 

Not necessarily a measure of it;

Shouldn’t be the drive behind the hard work;

But the icing on the cake;

Because if that’s all you stand for;

Then you haven’t really achieved anything at all;

Like clothes, if they were to be stripped away;

Would you be found naked;

With nothing else to show?


It doesn’t really matter;

Who used what first;

Because standards change all the time;

What was worth millions a decade ago;

Can be reduced to barely scraps today;

Why live for something perishable;

When your life is worth so much more?


Don’t rub your ‘luxury’ in the faces of others;

Because they can’t afford it now;

Doesn’t mean they wouldn’t be able to the next minute;

Enjoy them by all means;

But don’t count them;

As the beginning and end of life;


Because life is worth more than;

Buying the most expensive things;

And eating the fanciest of foods;

Don’t let your life be summed up to be;

The best icing on top of a terrible cake;

The substance of your life is what matters;

Not what you show off.


Let luxury keep you humble;

Reminding you of how far you’ve come;

Not conceited;

And reminding others of how better you are;

Enjoy it when you can afford it;

But don’t kill yourself to own luxury;

Because your successor might just sell it off;

And get something else;

Then what’s the point;

If it can’t be used to remember you;

But rather traded for cash?

Think about it.


© Josephine Amoako 2016

6 Comments Add yours

  1. Great perspective. Thanks for sharing. I sometimes feel shy looking back at some stuff I fought so hard to get in the past, which means nothing it scraps today.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. joseyphina says:

      I understand. Thanks for reading, Roland

      Liked by 1 person

  2. From a social justice perspective, I’m not sure luxury has any place in our world. Except perhaps to teach us how to give? Thanks for your writings. Peace!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. joseyphina says:

      Yeah, they should teach us how to give to the less fortunate. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Kaitlyn


  3. adeniyisrael says:

    What profit hath a man that gains the whole world and looses his soul.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. joseyphina says:

      Hmmm…. Good question


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