What Role Does Money Play In My Life?
What is money? It seems to be a simple question, isn’t it? Any schoolboy will tell you that money is the pieces of paper that are issued by government and can be accepted as payment for whatever products you what to buy. A student of an economic faculty knows that money is a specific commodity, a universal equivalent of exchange that serves as goods common denominator of value. That is also true.
But we have not received the answer to the very important question that everybody is concerned about: “What role does money play in our lives?”
It turns out to be a complicated question that is not easy to be answered straight off. We were not definitely taught it at school.
I adhere to the idea that any person has 5 basic resources:
Resources are gained and used for ACHIEVING GOALS since resources do not have any value of its own. It sounds quite silly to say: “I want 10 thousand hours of time” or “I want to learn Encyclopaedia Britannica by heart”.
It is curious that in our society it is usual to want MONEY, dream of MONEY and make career for the sake of MONEY. The goals are set in dollar equivalent and people are getting to believe in fantasies like “When I will be a boss and earn US$ 10 thousand per month than I will be blessed with happiness”.
I bet that if this activist has a chance to become a boss, he will face depression and disappointment in life. 100 green pieces of paper depicting President Franklin… hmm. We were hardly to dream of such “happiness” in our childhood!
If money is considered to be a resource than it shall be obtained for a specific goal such as building a house, going to vacation or buying a bicycle. It is much easier to make money if you have a motivation!
Let us look at the real life. Hundreds, thousands, millions of people are busy with a crazy rat race trying to exchange the resources of “time, knowledge and skills” into “money”. They believe that when they make a lot of money they will be automatically happy. Can it be true?
I think that happiness is something that comes from within. Happiness and joy can be achieved from the very fact of your being, every day and in each moment of your life. No matter what situation you are in, you shall be happy to be alive. Learn to live today, in this moment but not yesterday or tomorrow!
I do not understand the following revelations of some gurus: “Work hard, put 10% of your income aside and you will be happy soon.” It is not clear for me why shall I wait for such a long time? Every person has a lot of ideas and desires. And the world is full of resources to be used for its fulfillment. That is why we are able to achieve joy and happiness today!
I would also like to pay your attention to the personal inactivity we may experience. It happens when a person does not want anything, does not do anything and lives like a vegetable. Everyday this person goes to work, criticizes company managers, regularly experiences depression and drinking-bouts. It is very important to have dreams and the desire to achieve them. The more you desire the better for you!
If you do not have wishes there will not be any resources to achieve them. You will have nothing, especially money. What is the reason for the Universe to give you money if you do not know what you need it for? When you have ambitious, desires and goals you will get the necessary resources for its fulfillment.
In order to find out what your desires and goals are as well as to feel the taste for your life again you should broad your outlook by getting interested in new things, setting things going, making mistakes and not being afraid of it. Try to play your life!