When we are three, running around in circles makes sense to us. Actually, we don’t have so much as a clue what “sense” even means – running in circle is fun & that’s enough.
As we grow older & begin to realize that what we do has more value to us than jpgs the doing, we begin to be more aware of what has meaning to us. What matters,
It seems that the underlying common factor shared by folks who get a kick out of life is that their lives have meaning. They might not have two nickels to rub together, but if their life has meaning, they are satisfied at the deepest level, even while wondering about basics like food shelter transportation.
Conversely, someone can be as rich as Bezos or Buffett, but if they don’t feel in their bones that what they do matters, they’re going to have a level of dissatisfaction, disharmony that no amount of money or power, things or stature can dissipate.
The ideal is a balance of work that matters with income that keeps life humming. Because worry about basics IS a terribly drain on our energies, on our capacity to do our best. When a dear friend got s new car, she gifted her old one, a godsend since our stout-hearted & true Gibbs (a 1999 Camry) had worn through its brake lining & – at 139,000 miles – it didn’t make sense to repair our beloved vehicle. But tender & true Bessie (a Corolla) had 138,000 miles on her when she came into our care – wondrous wheels for those without, but not suitable for tootling grannie clients around on play dates. Until I get in-home playfulness services like Cyber Access for the Technically Timid & film fests up & running, our ability to grow our client base is stunted, due to lack of enough money to get a low mileage used car. A classic vicious cycle.
Money is good. Money can facilitate a life of meaning, use, service. Bill & Melinda Gates are famous for realizing that while they are rich beyond imagination, their wisest investment is in helping others.
Being poor does not endow us with a certain nobility. Doing well doesn’t make us complacent. Being rich doesn’t make us a heartless money grabber. It’s HOW we use what we have to fashion lives, big or small, with meaning that matters.