How to make luxuries worth their price?

A woman enjoying her luxurious vacation.

You cannot escape it, everything has its price, luxuries certainly do.

But are luxuries worth their price?

Some hold that all luxuries are sinful. Others live for them.

What are luxuries?

Enjoying the luxurious taste of exotic wine.

The word 'luxury' comes from a root meaning “excess.”

All commodities are said to be either luxuries or necessities.

The general view of necessities, however, is that they include, not only the bare essentials for existence, but also what custom and rules of decency have rendered necessary.

Thus butter on your bread and sugar in your coffee, although not absolute necessities, are, nevertheless, not generally considered luxuries.

The term “luxury” is a relative one.

That is, something’s being a luxury often depends upon circumstances.

For example, food and drink are necessities, but certain foods and beverages may be luxuries in some localities, while they are everyday fare elsewhere.

In some countries, for example, wine with one’s meals would be considered a necessity; in other countries it may be called a luxury.

Likewise, for one person any automobile may be a foolish luxury; another may view the very best as a necessity in his case.

Each government has its own ideas as to what are luxuries and taxes accordingly​.

Consider with what lavish is bestowed upon humans by the beauties of nature!

These may be said to be luxuries, for you could exist without them.

If you were dying from hunger or thirst, they would be of little use.

But once you have life’s necessities, how much such beauties, such luxuries, if you please, add to your joy of living!

Making luxuries worth their price

Eating out and having a good time.

Are luxuries worth their price?

Obviously, but only if you keep them in their place.

They make enjoyable slaves but wretched taskmasters.

Luxuries are worth the price if not obtained at the sacrifice of necessities and if used in moderation.

Luxuries can also be worth the price if prompted by an unselfish motive.

As a husband you may take your wife out to dinner or some entertainment as a special treat.

The dinner may cost from two to five times as much as it would have had it been prepared at home.

But occasionally, as an expression of appreciation of your wife’s cooking, you can let her enjoy the luxury of a meal she herself did not have to prepare.

That luxury is worth its price.

Or you may give a friend a bottle of liqueur, one that you would not think of buying for yourself.

A luxury? Yes.

Worth the price? Absolutely!

Yes, a generous impulse may be a costly luxury and yet fully worth the price.

But luxuries are not worth the price if the motive for indulging in them is rivalry, trying to keep up with the joneses, seeking status.

Neither are they worth the price if they run you into debt, causing you to worry and to work overtime.

And when persons resort to illicit means, such as shoplifting, burglary, embezzlement or gambling, to satisfy their craving for luxuries, they certainly are wrong.

Neither are luxuries worth the price if that price is your health.

Luxurious living as to food and drink often results in obesity, diabetes, stomach, liver or kidney ailments.

Luxuries definitely are not worth the price if they deaden your concern for others.

How much better to forego the luxuries and to share with one’s friends!

Yes, even when one’s friend is not in dire need, greater joy may be derived from sharing what you have with him or her than from saving to indulge in a luxury alone.

The infinite variety and manifold beauties of nature testify to the fact that luxuries are there to augment human happiness.

But they are worth the price only if there is a right motive, if wisdom directs and moderation controls, for only then can they make you happy.

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