…but everybody wants to find out
for themselves.” – Zig Ziglar
Some people say that ‘MONEY is the root of all evil.’
The problem is that we all need money to live.
A roof to put over your family’s head and some means of transportation that has to be paid for.
It’s even said that we’re supposed to put clothes on our back…I’m not sure about you but I’m pretty positive it’s nice not to have everybody walking around naked. Maybe that’s just me though.
But Beyond the Basics…When Is Enough, Enough?
Where do you draw the line?
Personally, I’ve struggled with this question. There is no denying that I love STUFF and comfort.
I have goals, dreams, and desires.
My wife and I constantly dream of going to Switzerland, a cruise to Alaska, having a 65″ LED TV, a new camera, and a new car.
I even have a CRAZY goal for future charitable contributions.
My desires and goals lead to constant effort and work…the effort and work that it takes to “succeed.”
It leads to a mind that constantly thinks and a tired person that executes a schedule designed for maximum productivity.
While each person is different, I’ve found it helpful to have priorities.
I realize that some of the things I want to accomplish in my life may not come to fruition…and that’s fine by me.
I realize that some of the material possessions I want may not fit in my budget (ever)…and I’m good with that.
I know that there are places in this world that I may never be able to see…and I can live with that.
Because I’ve learned to redefine what happiness looks like.
I realize that money and things aren’t what really make you happy (because I’ve been there and I was miserable).
I’ve learned that it’s more important to have the moments with my friends, family, and my wonderful wife.
It’s more important to enjoy the time sitting on my couch reading a book, reflecting on life, and enjoying the day.
Life is too short to work it all away…only for the sake of money and material things.
There will always be another business opportunity and another avenue to make money. There will always be another client to get or another sale to close.
There will be a nicer car than the one you have or a bigger/better house to live in.
There will always be something…but when is enough, enough?
A quote that has really helped me was from Jon Acuff’s book, Quitter:
I won’t argue that money can afford you the luxury to take vacations and do things that create memories (and therefore brings about some happiness). However, I do think there is a fine line. Have you ever taken the time to define “ENOUGH?” What does that look like to you? Do you sometimes find yourself sacrificing true happiness for the pursuit of the always-moving “perfect life?”
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