“The best way to make happy money is to make money your hobby and not your god.” – Scott Alexander
It has come to my attention that the world we live in has now become littered with individuals that have allowed their minds to fall victim to the degenerative disease known as materialism. These individuals play the leading role in their personal movie entitled “The Pursuit of Money”. The acquisition of money serves as their only form of true happiness. Last week a lady told me, “I really love having, making, and spending money. I really, really love money, who doesn’t?” Yesterday a guy told me “I want to make a bunch of money so that girls would throw their bodies at me.” Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with working towards a better life for oneself, experiencing financial security and making money. However, when did society’s GPS device recalculate and reroute us onto the side street of greed, deep monetary obsession, and materiality?
“The chief value of money lies in the fact that one lives in a world in which it is overestimated.” – H. L. Mencken
The fact of the matter is that money is not the end all solution for an individual to find true happiness. No matter how much cash one can gather in the money blowing machine of life before the individual’s time expires, he or she will not be guaranteed happiness. For me, happiness is not determined by the hue of my credit card, my personal assets or by my net worth.
You can elect to chase money down the bottomless ravine or hang glide high above amongst the clouds of happiness!
“Make decisions from the heart and use your head to make it work out.” – Sir Girad
A few days ago I decided to visit what can only be described as a vibrant oasis in the middle of the dessert for the individual (me) whose pantry has become as dry as Quaker rice cakes. I went on a pilgrimage to Wal-Mart! I decided to make my way to the checkout line after I placed a few essentials in my cart. I proceeded to make my way to the store exit after paying for my items. After taking three steps through the dreaded sliding doors that have inflicted pain on so many members of Texting Anonymous (TA), I noticed that there was an item in my cart that went undetected by the cashier. The item was a miniscule bottle of MiO Liquid water enhancer valued at a staggering $3.30 (based on US currency).
I’m standing outside the store with a decision to make. Do I continue walking to my car and act like nothing happened? Do I simply leave the item in the cart and take the items I paid for? Do I take the item home and pay ($3.30) extra for something else next time? Do I make a 360 turn and head all the way back in the store, stand in line (for undetermined amount of time since Wal-Mart never seems to have enough cashiers) to pay for the tiny item?
What would you do? Or would you have done nothing at all?
Each second of each day we are faced with decisions that vary in its level of complexity. No matter the decision, there is always a consequence (whether positive or negative) that will result from the choices we make.
“It is in your moments of decision that your destiny is shaped.” – Anthony Robbins
Don’t allow your to choices morph the shape of your destiny into an unsightly blob filled with holes!
P.S. I made the 360 turn, went back into the store, stood in line and paid for the item.
Gratitude is often defined as a feeling of thankfulness or appreciation, as for gifts or favors. Gratitude can often be extended or shown in a myriad of ways due to a variety of situations. In today’s society it is so easy to find oneself treading in the choppy ocean waters of ungratefulness. This practice has occurred since the beginning of time and we”ve all had firsthand experiences in which gratitude was lacking. I found myself treading in these frigid waters today.
I miraculously (purposely) attended an event today for the sole purpose of consuming the advertised complimentary slices of pizza. I made my way to the front of the line and unconsciously made my pizza slice selections (in my mind). Naturally, I coveted the two largest pizza slices in the box. However, I ended up receiving the two tiniest slices of pizza. When placed next two each other the slices resembled one malnourished pizza slice. For a few short seconds I felt slighted because I got stuck with such minuscule slices. I was ungrateful for the two slices of pizza that were given to me FREE of charge.
“Nothing more detestable does the earth produce than an ungrateful man.” – Decimus Magnus Ausonius
How often do we miss opportunities to show gratitude to those around us? How often are we ungrateful for the things we’ve been given? There are so many opportunities for us show gratitude towards the individuals we encounter daily and for the things we have.
Don’t allow your pizza of life to baked with the bitter topping of ungratefulness!
“Do not do what you would undo if caught.” –Leah Arendt
Each day we encounter opportunities or situations in which we can flex or exercise our muscles of morality. Life is full of moments in which we can either choose to do the right thing or chose to deal with the ramifications that come with doing what is wrong. A few weeks ago I found myself at a morale fork in the road. On this particular day I decided to satisfy the mammoth sized appetite festering inside of me by treating myself to the Kernel’s secret recipe of herbs and spices (Kentucky Fried Chicken for all the anti-fast food proponents out there).
I succumbed to laziness and ordered my meal via the drive thru. My order amounted to a grand total of $5. Thus, I handed the drive thru worker a crisp five dollar bill. He (as is common practice) proceeded to hand me my food. The guy then passed me the drink I purchased and to my surprise gave me a $5 dollar bill. He immediately closed the drive through window and started preparing the next order.
What would you have done? Would you give it back? Or would you keep the money based on the premise that it’s only a measly 5 dollar bill?
“The elegance of honesty needs no adornment.” –Merry Browne
Honesty is the main component that binds the threads that holds together life’s rope bridge that leads to a better quality of life!
I dare you to aerial spray your world with the disinfectant of honesty and watch the results.
I know you are wondering so I knocked on the drive through window and returned the money. Why? I returned the money because it is my humble opinion that honesty is indeed the best policy.
A few moons ago when I was nine years old I went on a trip to visit a few of my relatives. Being the robust and adventurous kid that I was, it irked me to be cooped up in the confined space of a hotel room. Thus, I decided to prance around the hotel lobby like an antelope in a fresh green meadow during the middle of spring. I made my way to an area where a pay phone was located and my eyes became fixated on a rectangular object. The object in question turned out to be a pleasantly plump wallet. I was only nine but my face lit up like the North Star once I saw a wallet full of bills with Benjamin Franklin’s face on it.
I took the wallet to my grandpa and asked what I should do with the wallet. His words, “Keep it!” I shared my predicament with a friend who told me to “Keep the money and turn in the wallet with the credit cards intact.” If you found yourself in my position what would you do?
“You can never lose anything that really belongs to you, and you can’t keep that which belongs to someone else.” – Edgar Cayce
In society today we’ve adoption the kindergarten playground notion “finders keepers, losers weepers”. When did it become unpopular to be honest? How did the ethical and moral behavior of our society deteriorate to the level in which integrity is a now faux pas occurring once in every blue moon?
We need to make a greater effort to do what is right even if even if no one is looking!
If you were wondering, I turned the wallet in to the front desk. The owner wrote me a heartfelt letter and gave me $5. To this day I still feel good about what I did. Would I go back and change anything? Absolutely not!