All around us things call out for recognition. All around us things say to us, 'I am important for you. You must get me . Before you die you must have a taste of this or that, or when you die your life will be incomplete.' It makes no difference how important the thing really is. In little country towns men fight as fiercely to become aldermen as those in other circumstances fight to become president of the United States. Trying to be chief usher in a small parish can be as spiritually dangerous for some people as trying to be emperor can be for others. Although we have the illusion that these things are important, they are not. They pass away."
(Excerpt from Stumbling Blocks or Stepping Stones by Fr. Benedict Groeschel, page 110)