gratitude 2jan14 money can’t buy it

“I believe that love alone might do these things for you” annie lennox                  

i wish money could buy happiness. i wish money could buy love. i wish money could buy peace of mind. i wish money could buy away all the hurt and sorrow. but it doesn’t and can’t. let me rephrase that. money can ease the pain for a while. it can pay for pretty things, places and attract people who want your money to you. it can buy the next drink, blunt, pills, sex or whatever your choice of poison is. but, alone, late at night, you are still you no matter what opulence or riches you have. 

we hear about it everyday. wealthy people who aren’t happy. people who are looked at as “having it all” that are cheated on by their significant other. i mean, come on — halle berry and jennifer aniston, were cheated on. they are wealthy, beautiful women. it’s hard to comprehend when someone with wealth commits suicide. they could buy whatever they want — yet they chose death. steve jobs, who had massive wealth couldn’t buy away his sickness. if there is one thing guaranteed in life, you can’t take your money with you when you take your last breath. the deaths i have attended no asked to see their bank statement or count their cash one last time. no, they requested people they loved and made amends.

whenever i am challenged lately, i remind myself of the things i just wrote about. and as annie lennox sings “money can’t buy it.” it puts life in perspective for me. it makes me focus on the areas in my life where i am wealthy. though i struggle, i am content within. i can be alone and be at peace with myself. i have family and friends who love and support me. not all the money in the world can make up for being loved for just who you are. it brings it down to the rawest of element of life. love. 

i really like oprah’s quote “Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down.” so, in this season of discerning what i really need and what i only want, i’ll be riding the bus. welcome aboard till we get the limo cruising again. 

today i am thankful for ..

  • meditation that keeps getting easier to quiet my mind
  • an unexpected text message from a friend that lifted my spirits
  • my new found love for a puppy named toby

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i am wishing you all the things in life that will make you wealthy in ways that can’t be taken from you. wealth of love without motive, joy, peace of mind, and a content spirit. 

affectionately yours, Laura

 

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