On Money and Being Content
Wojo’s recent post on Americans and money, mentioned that “…the best peace of mind comes from the feeling of having enough—enough to buy, but not having to; enough to cover emergencies, but not having to; enough to enjoy almost any luxury in life because we’ve saved diligently for it.”
I love that.
Having enough to do things but not having to do them (or even necessarily wanting to do them) is so where it’s at.
You feel content. And when you’re content, life is just good. A contented person is a happy person. (The reverse isn’t necessarily true.)
However, I think that it’s often hard to identify what makes you happy, especially in such a busy world. And so we go about things backward. We often believe that spending money (or rather, buying things) will make us happy.
And it does, for a little bit.
But it’s kind of like eating sugar. There’s the sweet taste and the rush, and then…there’s the crash. You end up feeling worse than you did originally.
So you go in search of more sugar (more things to buy or do) instead of taking the time to enjoy the present moment, your surroundings, and the people you are with. We all need a little downtime on a regular basis to allow ourselves to appreciate our lives, and to just be. (Good thing that the downtime can be as simple as sitting outside for a few minutes, because I’m not sure I’m brave enough to do what Mrs. Accountability did: she tried out a personal sensory deprivation tank.)
Of course, we also need a little of the good kind of excitement in our lives too, but that doesn’t have to cost us a bundle. In fact, we may enjoy things more when we pay little or nothing for them, because there are fewer expectations. Fewer expectations equals little or no stress about”getting our money’s worth”. We can just find something to enjoy.
So this weekend, take a few moments to think about the times when you’ve been to content — times when you’ve had enough and recognized it. Then go experience some more of those kinds of times.
Maybe one of those times could even be right now.