Money Doesn’t Buy Happiness
I have known for a while now that money can’t buy happiness – and yes, I did learn this the hard way when I finally came to the slightly sad realisation that my happiness level did not increase with every pair of beautiful shoes I purchased…..of course there is that rush of joy when you first try them on and take them home, but honestly this ‘shoe high’ doesn’t magically solve the other challenges in our lives we are ignoring and trying to sweep under the shoe rack does it….
Whether you have a passion for shoes, cars, or whatever your hard earned money might buy… I want to share with you a moment from my week last week that really reinforced the point to me that money doesn’t buy happiness…
I started off my week as I usually do; planning my calendar, setting myself goals I wanted to achieve for the week and committing to actions I needed to take to achieve these goals.
After spending the previous couple of weeks focusing on a project outside of the business, I was back and fully focused on the business with big plans for the week as I’m currently working on some exciting products and wanted to make real progress on these.
However, by last Monday evening several circumstances transpired that resulted in me changing my plans for the week so I could spend some quality time with those close to me. One of those events was a spontaneous Father/Daughter day – and what a day it was – it wasn’t about what we did, it was about the quality time we spent together – chatting, eating, going for walks, etc.
The day with Dad was a great reminder for me about what is really important in life. That day we had together could never be replaced and was priceless – the money I could have earned from working in the business that day could never buy the happiness of our day together and the memories it has created.
I recognise that by being self-employed I was fortunate to have the flexibility to rearrange my schedule at the last minute on this ocassion, and defer some of my business-planning work until this week. Moving forward though I am going to actively schedule in time for the important things in life to ensure they occur; and I encourage you to do the same. But before you do this you need to identify what are the really important things for you that are worth scheduling?
The rewards of making time for the truly important things will outstrip the perceived short-term cost in doing so.
Money is nice but there’s a limit to how many shoes one needs anyway isn’t there….
Life is short – make time for what’s really important.