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3 Critical “Things” Money can’t Buy

We all work because we need money. Money will give you all sorts of things. It will buy us a big house, cars, holidays, every gadget imaginable to mankind and every shoe, handbag and clothing our wardrobe can contain. Have you ever just sat down and thought about what money can’t buy? There are 3 essentials that money can’t buy:

  1.  Time: Money can’t buy more time. You cannot buy more than 24 hours a day. Each of us whether rich or poor will have 24 hours a day. No more, no less. Time is therefore the most valuable commodity we each have. Once it’s gone, it’s gone. Wasting time is probably our biggest enemy.
  2. Fulfillment: Money can to a certain extend buy love, happiness, friends but it can’t buy true and long-lasting love, happiness and relationships. Fulfillment comes from meaningful relationships and living out our purpose that brings about significance in lives of those around you.  It is about living out an authentic life shared with others.
  3. Life: The most valuable and no amount of money can buy. Yes, sadly but true. You can’t buy life. You might be able to extend it but you can’t buy life. Each of us have this one life. Whatever the lifespan, we need to make the most of it.  To learn to appreciate and live out a life that is true to each of our calling. Life is precious. Don’t spend your life pursuing money but pursue a life of significance with money that you have.

Hence the question, what drives each of us to want more money? I dare say that it is the illusion of what money can buy. Money is perceived to be able to buy happiness, gives you power, security and comforts of life. Yes in many ways it does. It can buy you happiness, temporary in most situations but never buys you true joy. It can buy you security but not peace. It can afford to you the comforts of life but not a joyful life.

What is then the best approach towards money? I believe that the examples of Bill Gates and Warren Buffet and their philanthropic efforts is what we can learn from. It is about how best we can use the resources that we are given to give back. No matter the amount of money we have, every little cent that we invest wisely into lives will be significant in its impact over time.

What should you invest with money?

  1. Time: Strange considering that I had mentioned that we can’t buy time. What we can buy is a more productive use of our time.  We can buy “time” by saving time. For example, you can buy 1 hour of cleaning services for $50, and in turn you will have 1 hour to spend with your family at the beach. Think about in what area of your life you could “buy time”.
  2. Experiences: Pay for learnings and growth. Each of us can only gain experiences when we live it out. Invest in learning opportunities. Invest in travel. Invest in enriching the lives of you and your family by spending time together. It is experiences of relationships, serving one another, doing life together that makes one’s life fulfilled.
  3. Giving back of your life: It is always better to give than to receive. And yet, you can’t really give until you have received.  Anthony Robbins has shared about his life as a young child when he experienced the impact of someone giving to his family and in turn, now he gives back to countless more families.  The comforts and blessings of the life that you have is meant to be shared with others. We are not meant to be hoarders but to be givers.  It does not require all your money, it does require your time, your willingness to go out of your way and a heart to want to give.

What is your principle when it comes to money? How tightly are you holding on to your money? What can you use money to invest in? What is your long-term investment plan? Are you investing in life or money?

Looking Out the Window

When was the last time you looked out the window and just appreciated the beauty that’s out there.  Looking out my window, I see the trees, leaves and the sun light streaming in.  A gentle breeze does just enough to sway the leaves with a bird chirping by the sidelines.  Time to just pause and reflect and maybe these moments only happens to me when I wake up at 6 am.  And being a beautiful summer’s day, decided to go for an early run around the neighbourhood.  It was a nice relaxing run which I am trying to get into form again after a few weeks of lay-off due to a very stubborn cough.  Nevertheless, cough or no cough, I think that the fresh air does me some amount of good.

I realised that even at my slow leisurely pace, I don’t notice a lot of things.  I don’t notice or even realise the world around me.  I am so focus on me, that my filters don’t even process anything that does not have my name or interest in.  Realising that, I changed my filters and started to see things differently.  I noticed my neighbour’s peach tree which was filled with ripening peaches, the sound of a mother getting her kids ready for school and some work man starting work by the road side.  I also started to be more organised in my mind.  Organising what I wanted to do today, who I needed to call and touch base with, what I wanted to write and even what I wanted to eat for lunch.  Clearly food is high up there on my priority list.  Got back feeling refreshed instead or tired and all ready to get the day started.  Maybe that’s what exercise does to your body but for me, it gave me the opportunity to appreciate, reflect and organise.  It is the time that you spend by yourself that I think counts.  Time to shut out the noise around you and use that solitude to refresh and gain a new perspective.

Do you set aside time to just be by yourself and pause and reflect?  What’s your method of renewing yourself?  What do you do to keep up your energy level?  Do you look out your window and just feel grateful for those around you and what you have?

Try it and see what happens.