“What you haven’t done, will torment you” – Charles Dickens
It may be sad – but I read sometimes about what people regret when they are coming to the end of their lives. To spend time and enjoy time with their friends and family, seems to be the main theme that comes ahead of money/success etc every time I read a story.
It makes a lot of sense – it would be good to create some financial stability for your family (and I am working on that), but if it is at the expense of them and you enjoying each others company – and “life”, then is money really that important? Does it become a material aim?
I am grateful for everything I have – a hardworking mum and dad – that instilled in me the work ethic I truly believe in today. But that work ethic is not to be rich and carefree so you don’t have to work – it is to work for the benefit of your family and friends, and ensure that they are cared for, and have what they need.
No-one in this world needs to be rich in a money sense – rich to one person is having a million dollars/pounds in the bank – to another, it is having shoes so they can walk miles every day to the well where they can bring back water for their families. Which would you say is the richer?
One is maybe what you desire, the other is having what you need to support your family.
My better half reads a lot of books – and we’ve had a lot of conversations about simpler times that is part of the back story in many of the books she reads. People may not have had all the gadgets and comforts we have today – but many of them seemed happier for it. They concentrated on what was important – relationships, family, friends – and that’s what their energy and focus was on… not getting the newest model of iPhone or the next Xbox or whatever.
Do we really need all those frivolous distractions in our life? Would the money frittered away on them, be better spent flattening out the huge difference between rich and poor – nor just in your own country, but across the world. If all the wealth in the world were to be shared, would anyone of us be poor?
If we lived in a world where everyone shared resources and knowledge, would anyone need to be financially rich? I don’t think we would. If everything were shared, I would do a website for a plumber who came to fix my pipe. He would put in a shower for someone who fixed his car. The guy who fixed the car may help someone else… and so the way of the world would be.
Pay It Forward
Do something for the sake of doing it for the good of others. That will bring you so much gratitude and sense of belonging – what you get out, is what you put in. Every action has a reaction – only you decide if it’s for the good or the bad.
Also, please don’t dwell on it but, if you were to think about your last day here on this Earth – what would you wish you had more of? Money? Maybe, but what good would it do you on your last day?
How about family and friends and fun? Why not live each day as if it were your last and enjoy what you have right now? Leave a connection with you of enjoying and making the most of your life, and doing something for others too. Have a great time while you’re here, but think about what you can do to make others realise what they have to offer too.
All the best, Mark