In youth we learn success means more,
judged by the collections we amass.
Always searching for the open door,
never seeing the half-full glass.
What matters most is time well spent
in the warm embrace of those we love.
Compassion given without intent.
Lessons learned but not spoken of.
The shackles of greed may yet restrain.
It takes wisdom for one to know
the indifference of wealth and material gain,
and that we cannot take it when we go.