It's Not How Much Money You Make, It's How Much of a Difference You Make!
Human beings exhibit a fascinating range of behaviors, which never cease to intrigue me. One thing you may have noticed is that inhabitants in the human kingdom are impressed by the almighty buck. Perhaps you are one of them. Whether you struggle to make enough of it, or wish to amass large quantities of it, there is no denying that money (or lack thereof) affects us all. Nobody could deny that the more access to monetary resources one has, the more access to power they seem to have. Money makes the world go around.
And yet, money, in it's infinite ability to buy things, gain access to resources and people and places...has absolutely no power when it comes to our happiness. None. That is an inside job.
Having worked with people who have amassed many riches, as well as with those whom live in abject poverty...I can in good faith say that money cannot buy happiness. I have met those with much, whose hearts are empty of joy and meaning...and those who have little who seem to have discovered the secret to happiness, despite every kind of factor that might prevent it.
Still, it has never failed to amaze me the number of people who ask (either out loud, or silenty to themselves)...hmmmm...."I wonder how much money that person makes?" We, as a people, are intrigued, if not sometimes envious of the homes that other people live in, the cars they drive, the clothing they don, and the like.
So, the next time you find yourself caught up in wondering, "How much money does that person or family make?", you might do yourself a favor by switching that question up and asking, "How much of a difference does that person/family make?" Perhaps that's a better starting place for all of us.
Not many of us will have unlimited access to financial resources in our lifetimes, but all of us have access to being able to help others in an unlimited capacity. What if we measured success by how much of a difference a person makes, rather than how much money they make?
What do you think?