Yep, the picture says it all! Today I want to put in my two cents worth about the Big Green Monster. No, I am not talking about jealousy, I am talking about money! Yes, those flimsy papery things that can have such a stranglehold on every person, the root of all evil, the stuff which makes the world go round and the things which cannot buy happiness. We cannot escape it and we basically cannot live without it. The need for it and the lack of it infiltrate every aspect of our lives daily.
Although we are made aware of the power of money and the role it plays in our lives from a very early age, not many children are taught how to handle money effectively and eventually we become slaves to it and we sometimes even sell our souls in the quest of having it. The real conundrum I want to talk about is where do we draw the line in our pursuit of money.
It is an undeniable fact that in order to survive in the world we need money. We need it to have adequate shelter, food and clothing. We need it to provide for our families, for health care and education. However a life spent solely in the pursuit of money and wealth finally ends up being a life empty of those things which money simply cannot buy. Oh, yes, money can buy a grand house, but it cannot make it a home. Money can buy company, but it cannot make it a family. Money can buy food and exotic dishes, but it cannot give it heart. What all are we willing to sacrifice for money? Until we are there we cannot possibly know the answer to that.
However, I do believe that life is much more than a strong bank account. Unfortunately money has a way to claim many victims. One of his first victims is Passion. Many artists, musicians and free spirits can testify to this. Instead of following their dreams they have settled for passionless jobs and sensible careers. They have promised themselves that once they have enough money they will pursue their frivolous desires to paint, to learn to play the saxophone or travel the world. They view pursuing their passions as a reward for hard work instead of viewing their work as a way to do what their real passions are. When will enough money be enough?
Another victim is Family. Money whispers in our ears that we need to work long hours in order to provide in all the needs of our family. Many holidays and school sport events fall by the wayside at the demand of work and ultimately that huge bonus. Sadly though our children don't stay small until we have made our millions, they do not put their need of attention on hold until I have been made executive of my company.
The next victim is myself. Very often, in the pursuit of money, we disregards our own needs. We neglect our health, our own personal growth and our spiritual needs. When money cracks the whip we invariably sacrifice our own well-being. We placate ourselves by promising ourselves a holiday, spa-treatment or leisure pursuit once the deadline has been reached, the project has been a success or I have gotten that promotion, only to put it off when the next deadline comes along.
The interesting fact is that very few people on their deathbeds wish that they had made more money. Most people wish that they had spent more time with their family, that they had loved more or had done more with they time they had been given.
I leave you with this quote:
“Don’t work for money. work for happiness, work for peace, work for contentedness, work for your passion & money will work for you!” — Arvind Venkat