Money Can’t Buy Happiness

Money Can’ t Buy Happiness.

How often have you heard that statement? I know I have heard it many times in my life. I also know that neither does poverty buy happiness. I know many people who are wealthy and happy and many who are poor and happy, so I knew the money didn’t matter.

Never the less, I have pondered this statement for many years. I’ve seen many people, including celebrities and sports hero’s who have become extremely wealthy and turned out to be some of the most quilt ridden , unhappy people on The planet. As a result their unhappiness and quilt lead to a life of drug and alcohol addiction, resulting eventually in their downfall and  returning once again to a life of hardship and want. At the same time blaming all their problems on money and  the capitalists system that could have provided them all their worldly desires.

As usual , the questions to life’s most challenging questions normally come when least expected and from a situation that is totally unrelated.

I was talking with a good friend who has a reputation of providing me much inspiration and insight into life and life’s challenges, she seems to always come up with just the right words to make everything make sense. I happened to ask her what her teenage daughter was planning on doing with the rest of her life, whereby she replied, “I really don’t know, she is running a lot of things through her mind now. She thought of being a teacher , or maybe a physical therapist. “

She went on to remind her daughter that the teaching profession is going through a lot of changes now and in the future the pay and benefits probably wouldn’t be a good as they are now, maybe she should think of doing something else. I was taken aback by this statement , but shouldn’t have been , she has a way of throwing me a curve ball occasionally, but she always makes me think.

Thinking back to when I was that age, I remember trying to decide whether to go into the travel business or the more lucrative transportation industry. After studying the options , I decided that even though the travel business would be a lot easier physically, it simply wouldn’t give me the resources needed to support a family and my wants and needs.

After careful consideration of all the options in my chosen field I chose the company I did because of the pay and benefits, plus they had the cleanest and best maintained  trucks,. Even though there were 17 other applicants for the one position I chose, I was so determined to get the job, the universe wouldn’t dare give it to any one else.

Knowing the type of person she is,( very spiritual and with her feet firmly on the ground), I suddenly realized where she was coming from, she would never do anything just for the money, and as much as she loves her daughter she would never tell her to do the same. I had my answer to another one of life’s questions. It wasn’t just about the money. There was a lot more to it.

“Money can’t buy happiness, but it can buy the life that will make us happy.” In a sense, money when used wisely, is the creator’s gift to us so we can enrich our own lives ,as well as those around us and thus benefit the world as a whole.

I’m not sure why some of life’s simplest lessons can be so hard to understand.

Most people realize that one can’t work just for the money, there has to be a more important reason, one that gives purpose to what we do. If there is no purpose, one will be unhappy with their life and will experience much heartache along the way.

We all have to  make decisions, I could have chosen the travel life, but it wouldn’t have given me the things I wanted , I chose the more difficult path, at least I consider it more difficult, but by doing so, I had the opportunity to travel and in many sways enjoy a better life because of the better pay and benefits afforded me. Thus I had the best of both worlds. So, it really is about the money, we just need to have a healthy relationship toward it and the many blessings we enjoy.

We have to like what we do, but we also need to be in the right frame of mind to convince ourselves of the best course of action. Thankfully my friend knew this and was giving her daughter an important life lesson.

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 Gary has been a writer/ photographer for over 20 years, specializing in nature,landscapes and studying native cultures.Besides visiting most of the United States, he has traveled to such places as Egypt,the Canary Islands,much of the Caribbean. He has studied  the Mayan Cultures in Central America, and the Australian Aboriginal way of life.Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in many different parts of the world!

He has published several books about the various cultures he has observed.

For more information and a link to his hard cover and Ebooks,and contact information: please check his website.www.commonsensejourneys.com

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