Day 60: Money, The Grand Illusion

What’s money? A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and goes to bed at night and in between does what he wants to do.

~ Bob Dylan

As soon as a person believes that money is the definition of success, they have bought into the greatest illusion that ever lived.  Money isn’t success at all.  Money is simply that – money.  It’s a necessity for sure, but it certainly doesn’t measure true wealth.

There are those who will read this and vehemently disagree with me.  That’s okay.  My only response is to ask – has money ever made anyone truly happy?  I don’t think so.  Money makes you comfortable.  It buys food.  Pays for a place to live.  Provides a means for transportation.

But the one thing money doesn’t deliver is happiness.

Ever read on the news about a famous actor or singer who committed suicide?  I know I have.  They have tons of money, but they lack happiness.  It’s proof that money is shallow.  It doesn’t provide a foundation for joy and contentment.  It only provides the basic comforts that are needed to survive on this planet.

Don’t get me wrong, I would love to have piles of money.  Not to buy anything and everything I ever wanted.  I would love to have money so I wouldn’t have to worry about the necessities.  Piles and piles of money would allow me to enjoy those people in my life who I don’t get to spend as much time as I would like to with.  I would write more.  I would savor the moments spent with my husband instead of my time spent at work.

You get the point.

Happiness isn’t found in money.  It’s found in family.


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