Money can be a great tool.
When used wisely, it affords us the opportunity to see, do, and experience a lot of things.
Each “0” we add to our net worth can increase our feeling of comfort, peace of mind, and hope.
Most of us work 40-70+ hours a week for 40-50 years of our lives in the pursuit of it. And many dedicate their entire being to the pursuit of more.
But as much as your employer, peers, the government, banks, corporations, and the media may try to convince you otherwise, money and its pursuit can be quite insignificant when compared to a number of life’s pleasures.
It would be a healthy thing to remind yourself of that at times. I find myself having to do so quite often as the topic of money tends to creep up around me in more conversation than any one person should have to endure.
To help with that, I decided to create an appreciation list of 50 things (could have easily grown to 100+, but decided to stop at 50) that render money and its constant pursuit relatively insignificant.
- Spending quality time with family and friends
- Helping a person or animal in need
- Coming together with others to solve a problem
- Watching a sunset
- Going for a long bike ride or walk
- Feeling like you gave it your all after a workout
- Seeing yourself become more fit
- Your health
- The health of loved ones
- Spending time with pets
- Taking your dog for a walk
- Great food
- Great drink
- Sharing a meal with others
- Physical affection
- Verbal affection
- Spiritual growth
- Building or creating something from scratch
- Giving it your all
- Failure, followed by success
- Feeling proud about an accomplishment
- Having others feel proud about your accomplishment
- Feeling proud for others accomplishments
- Exploring a new location
- Planting a tree & seeing it grow over time
- Growing food in a garden
- Seeing rare wildlife
- Clean air
- Clean water
- Clean soil
- Reducing your impact on the environment
- Selling or giving away your stuff
- Taking a vacation
- Feeling like part of a community
- Becoming more self reliant
- Losing yourself in an activity
- Laughing uncontrollably
- Becoming the first person in your family to achieve something
- Raising children
- Having a good relationship with neighbors
- Having a boss you like and respect
- Enjoying what you do with your time
Ironically, few of these things actually require money.
What makes your list?
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