“There are no mistakes, no coincidences. All events are blessings given to us to learn from.”

—Elizabeth Kübler-Ross

Money Can’t Buy Me Love

Money doesn’t buy happiness. It buys time; time well-spent buys happiness. Money is a means to an end, not the end itself. If you spend money like it’s going out of fashion, it will go out of fashion. As in, you won’t have it in any fashion whatsoever. No matter how much you make, if you overspend, you are worse off than if you had never started in the first place, because you risk losing everything, including your good name, your business, your family and reputation. Not only will you lose everything you bought including the roof over your head, you will have wasted all the time and effort you put into earning that money in the first place. So, instead of using all your cash up in a whirlwind of constantly updated gadgets, or the latest model sports car, or the —est anything (fastest, newest, flashiest, you name it!) — use it to buy the one commodity every person wants more of when they get to the end of the line. Time.

Time with your loved ones. Time to do valuable things that feed your heart, your mind, your body, your spirit, even if they don’t draw a paycheque. Time to see the world a bit, even if it’s just a leisurely stroll to another neck of the woods, a backpacking trip near or far away, or a fishing trip with your grandfather. Time to rest, recuperate, and rejuvenate so that you can work productively and happily. Time to listen to the birds, see the flowers and the trees, enjoy Creation and your limited time offer on our quickly-spinning earth.

There is no paycheque big enough to buy away regret, and no business or store that sells happiness by the bushel, barrel, bucket, or teaspoon. So think hard about what you do with your money and with the time it can buy for you. It’s better to share it wisely within your friends and family and community, than pour it down the drain on junk you don’t need.

Working holidays are a win-win for my family and me. I try to celebrate victories by turning work off when I can and inviting the family on the cool work trips that I get to go on.