Feb 02, 2009

It's a Good Thing Money Isn't Everything

Anyone who claims to have more money than they did eighteen months ago is either impossibly brilliant, outrageously lucky, or a big fat liar.

For the rest of us poor peasants, it's time to suck up our disappointment and get on with life. In the near future, I'll make some practical suggestions as to how to live well on less. But for starters, let me ask you this simple question: How important is money to you as compared to your health, your family, your close friends, and the things you really care about accomplishing in life?

If you are typical, I suspect you'll rank money as less important than these -- and perhaps a few other things that I'll not mention in a family-oriented blog. No question, if you have no income or savings at all, money will sensibly move up the list. But for the rest of us who merely have less, keeping our priorities straight is the key to maintaining (or restoring) our equanimity.

Think of it this way: If your health is great, your friends many and contented, your family harmonious, and you get up every morning with an exciting agenda of worthy things to do, you may as well worry about your mutual funds. But if you're a bit too heavy and creaky, you don't have as many friends as you would like, one or more members of your family is in distress, or you can't figure out whether you are bored or boring, you have plenty of more interesting things to occupy your time. So, turn off the gloomy TV, put down the misery-filled newspaper, stop whining about the state of the world and go do something more useful.