How important is money to you? Unless you’re living a self-sufficient life (on a desert island, perhaps?) I’m guessing it is important to you to at least some degree. If that’s so, on a scale of 1 to 10, where would you place it? And more interestingly, why?
What got me thinking about this subject was recent news of two lottery jackpots. The first news was local and was of the largest ever Australian lottery jackpot prize; a total pool of $A 112M. The second news was from the US where the Powerball lottery jackpot reached $US 588M. This amount is the second biggest ever in the US. (It was reported that 160,000 tickets per minute were being sold at one stage!) However, both of these are behind Spain’s incredible 2011 Christmas Lottery. It claims the world’s largest lottery jackpot of $US 939M. What amazing amounts. It would seem that, for some people at least, money has a very high importance.
While reflecting on this, it brought to mind a book that may help put some perspective on the importance of money. It’s called The Top Five Regrets of the Dying, and was written by an Australian palliative nurse by the name of Bronnie Ware. She spent a number of years talking to men and women who were in the last 12 weeks of their life. Her book came from what was effectively a survey taken from those conversations. 사설토토
So, given we’ve established that money seems to be very important to many, how does it rate as death approaches? Well, I think Bronnie’s survey will help answer that, as here are the top five regrets of the dying.
- I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me
- I wish I didn’t work so hard
- I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings
- I wish I’d stayed in touch with friends
- I wish I’d let myself be happier
Perhaps you’d already guessed the answer; money’s not present. (No mention of sex or black Mercedes either!) It’s not even mentioned in any of the underlying comments. So, an observation is that, at some point in time, its value has changed from being very important to being of no importance at all. So what’s going on?
Well, plainly, as you can’t take it with you, its relevance drops fairly quickly for that reason. However, also absent are any of the things or experiences that money can buy, so some deeper understanding is required.
To help resolve this, I propose that a better question is; what is the nature of the importance of money? I recently reconsidered my view on this following an interview I heard on the radio. The interviewee was a woman. The interview caught my attention because she said that money was “utterly unimportant” to her. Her goals were centred on nature, people and spirituality. For her, money had no place there. When the interviewer asked her how well she was progressing, she admitted that she was “not travelling well”. After a few further well-considered questions, she came to the realisation that the root cause of her dissatisfaction was money. She didn’t have sufficient cash to help nature or other people as much as she wanted. And, because she was working so very hard to earn a living, she lacked the time she wanted to be able to live her life more spiritually. The interview changed her thinking of the importance of money. It seems she realised that money was important but only as an enabler.That is, what it leads to.