Saturday, March 10, 2007


Money can't buy you happiness, but it can buy you a yacht big enough to pull up right alongside it. ~ David Lee Roth.

My sisters and I used to play this 'Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous' type game when we were little. We would pretend to be rich and stylish, jetsetting across the world in via a yacht charter to glamorous parties, events and fashion shows. We would hobknob with known celebrities and act all snobbish and stuff, pretending like our shizz smelled like roses and we were oh-so-fabulous. Of course, after the inanity of our act, we would dissolve in hilarity, realising how ridiculous we were acting and how funny it was.

And yet, the more I inch closer to my goal of financial sufficiency, the more I realise that money really isn't everything. It's been said over and over again, and I used to think that poor people said that to make themselves feel better. But it is true. Because you can buy all the entertainment in the world but not true fun. You can buy people to hang out with, but won't find true, die-hard friends. You can buy everything you want and your heart desires but cannot buy happiness.

Solomon was not more happy rich than he was poor. In Ecclesiastes, he pointed out that all of life is vanity. We are bedazzled daily with images of the rich & successful, and wrongly quantify the meaning of life as being prosperous and rich.

The meaning of life, the secret of life, is contentment. Contentment in whatever phase you find yourself, and happiness in the satisfaction of being the best person you can be in every moment you find yourself in. The meaning of life is finding true love, a family and friends that support and have your back no matter where you are or might be going through. The meaning of life is connecting with people, with spirits, souls and beings from all walks of life and forming genuine friendships and associations in this fast paced world. The meaning of life is having a character that reflects the love of God in your life and shines as an edification of his love. The meaning of life is to savor each day you have, each moment like it was your last and live each to the fullest.

These aren't all just trite phrases or idiosyncrasies of youth. That's life.

1 comment:

KM said...

As usual, Vixen, you are absolutely right.

I spent a few months trying to explain that to the ex-boyfriend, but I don't think he ever got it: said he was tired of being poor. El pobre indeed...

I have no great balance and won't for a couple of years, but as the tax guys say, I got people. And I really can be happy with that.