Money makes the world go round?
Updated: Dec 24, 2020
I know that money isn't the answer.
Actually, I don't.
I've never had much of it.
But I trust the wisdom of those who have come before me.
They say that money won't solve all of your problems.
That it just provides the ability to afford bigger problems.
(Mo Money, Mo Problems...anyone?)
They say that money won't make you happy(ier).
That it just provides the means to spend your happiness (or unhappiness) doing fancier things.
That wisdom is harder to grasp when you're in the throes of financial struggle.
When credit cards are maxed out.
When you are scratching and clawing just to stay afloat.
Doing everything within your power to find enough room to take a breath.
Relying on faith, constant prayer, the love of your family, and the relentless pursuit to protect and provide for them.
I know that I'm not the only one.
And I know that the vast majority of the poorest Americans are better off than the vast majority of the rest of the world.
But that knowledge doesn't always make you feel better when you're in the thick of it.
However, just like having money doesn't directly equate to happiness, not having it doesn't have to equate to sorrow.
My own perpetual optimism might be irritating to some.
But I refuse to believe, or accept, that residence at the bottom of the financial totem pole is permanent.
Someday, I'll tell this story from the other end of the spectrum..