Equanimity, Thoughts

If I had a million dollars…

While lying in bed one morning, I had a thought about winning the lottery. With the exception of a few scratch off games every once in a while for fun, I don’t play the lottery, but I like to think about what I would do with money at my disposal.

I tried to think about how I would change my life to accommodate a large winning. My plan, if I won the lottery, would be to continue working but pay off debt (which I don’t have much of), put money away in savings and then give the rest away.

Yes, I would give the rest of the winnings away and continue to work. I have no purpose for keeping a large sum of money when there are so many people in need. Working fulfills a passion and provides the financial support I need in order to live. It would bring me more joy to see the money helping others as opposed to simply sitting in an investment accounts.

This is what I don’t understand about some people. I understand the allure of money but why do we put so much value in hoarding money? There isn’t enough time in a lifetime to truly enjoy all of the material things we all THINK we need.

Now, I’m not one of those people who think money is the root of all evil. First, that is an misquote from the bible (1 Tim 6:10). Second, evil always starts with the draw of breath. Meaning, we create the evil. The evil is in thinking that the grass is greener on the other side. I have my moments when I look at a person’s life from the outside and think about what it would like to have what they have but for me it’s a fleeing moment. I think about and then think about all the non-glamourous things about their lives that I don’t know and how I would probably not want for myself. It’s hard to love your life when you see others flaunting the good in their lives but we all need to be smarter about thinking that money solves all problems.

I know I need to be “in it” to win it, but for me, it’s a waste of energy to put so much faith in a computerized game when the life I have is not all bad. My grass is green enough so I don’t really need to wonder about my neighbor’s lawn.

For some, winning a million dollars means high society life, material things, relaxed lifestyle and no worries. For me, it means finally having the means to do something for someone else. I sponsor children and volunteer but  nothing would compare to having the ability to change someone’s life financially. My measly million dollars wouldn’t do much but making someone else happy would give me enough joy to know that I in fact have the greenest of grass.

Life is what you make it. If you don’t like your life, change it in your actions and not with a lottery ticket. But by chance you do win the lottery, learn the true meaning of happiness and reward yourself and someone else with true happiness!

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