Money buys convenience

They say that money can’t buy happiness. Perhaps. But there is one thing it can definitely buy: convenience.

And in the end, isn’t this why we work hard and long anyway? Most people say they want “freedom,” but if forced to be more specific, the word ‘convenience‘ would be an important part of that definition. After all, doesn’t freedom mean doing what we want, when we want?

That, my friend, is also known as convenience.

Think about it… we work hard so we can eventually purchase the plane ticket that suits our schedule even though it’s a little more expensive. We want to make enough money so we can ‘top-up’ at the conveniently located gas station instead of cutting across three lanes of traffic and circling the entire block to save 4 cents per gallon. We want the opportunity to purchase a cocktail guilt-free at a bar on the beach instead of visiting the grocery store and laboring to create it. These are completely valid desires, but sometimes tough to follow through on when the money was earned through years of extreme frugality and sacrifice.

But remember, there is little point in accumulating money that isn’t brightening our soul and lightening our load in some way.  

Sure, life is a delicate balance of work and play, however, one of the obvious benefits of working hard is earning the right to take a few well deserved steps down easy street.

Be a Maverick,

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  • Jack Battaglia says:

    Hey Kent,

    You are so right! My parents went through the Depression,
    and, as a result, were very conservative where money was
    concerned. My dad believed in real estate, and when I was
    a teenager, had a home built for us in Altadena. I attended
    John Muir High School and earned a B.A. degree from U.C.L.A.
    I became a high school teacher and earned an M.A. and a Ph.D.
    degree in languages from U.S.C. During my years of teaching,
    I invested in real estate. My dad always cautioned me, but
    I guess that I was a maverick. I continued to invest throughout
    the years of my teaching career until my retirement from teaching.
    What I have learned, it that while you work hard to achieve your
    goals, you must stop along the way “to smell the flowers.” None
    of us knows how long we will be on this planet. To sacrifice and
    save all gratification for retirement years is not the best plan.
    As you say: “Life is a delicate balance.”

  • Thulasie Manoharan says:

    I kind of think that’s true.My mother usually stresses every time she takes money out of the purse and that immediately holds back her liking to buy stuff. Sometimes I totally get sick and tired of it, and actually buy stuff to satisfy myself.

    • Kent Healy says:

      Hi Thulasie. I can relate. My parents are much the same way. And I admit, that I often delay gratitude to a fault. Life truly is a delicate balance of sacrifice and gratification.

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