We’ve all been down the path one time or another were we feel like we have hit quicksand with no way out. You’re drowning in a myriad of bills, illness, more bills, hardships, etc. A never-ending spiral into agony. Yet wait, there is a faint light at the end of the tunnel.
A great man, Warren Buffet, never obtained his fortunes by worrying and groveling that he didn’t have enough. He was an entrepreneur who set forth to figure out a 1,000 ways to earn $1,000. He took simple steps and amassed his wealth over time.
Now not everyone has the same business sense as Warren Buffet, and not everyone is going to be a multi-billionaire in their lifetime. However, it is up to you as to how you choose to live your life.
First of all, remember to love your family. They are the ones who will always be there for you. Of course, every parent would love to provide their children with everything under the sun. Yet that is not always possible. The old saying goes, “money can’t buy love.” Is buying your child the latest best toy or video game out there really going to make them spend more time with you? Why not invest in actually spending time with your kids? As Peter Buffett writes in his book, Life is What You Make It: Find Your Own Path to Fulfillment, that the Buffet family (yes, this is Warren’s family) raised their kids in Omaha’s suburbia. Their family was full of love to each other that helped to build a sense of trust in the world. Peter writes that “trust” is important. Get out and meet your neighbors. You never know, the person next door to you may be holding the rope to help you out of the quicksand.
Today’s society seems to be built on fear. Why are we fearing our neighbors? I truly love living in a neighborhood where I know the majority of people on my block. Where I have no fear of going next door to ask for a cup of sugar. Where my babysitter lives a couple of doors down. And where everyone says “Hi” to one another, whether we know each other well or not.
When you’re stuck in a rut, try looking at the positives in life. As I have mentioned several times before, it can be as simple as a friendly smile from a stranger on the bus. The Book of Awesome is another awesome book to pick up when you have a chance. It truly captures those moments when we feel “awesome”. When you’re having a rough day, pick up this book and randomly turn to a page. Most likely it will put a smile on your face, and you’ll start to reminisce when you experienced a similar “awesome” moment.
Stop sweating about finances. I grew up in a household where there were times my parents were living from pay cheque to pay cheque. Yet, we always seemed to get through somehow. My sister and I were fortunate we really were never deprived of anything. We were both given the opportunity to go to post-secondary school, we were awarded with trips overseas, we made it to Disneyland, and we were provided with vehicles. To some, it may sound like we were spoiled. Yet, along with all these gifts, the life lessons we learned along the way were invaluable.
As I mentioned in a blog last week, we need to trust the universe that it will provide for us when the timing is right. Perhaps there is a grant you can apply for that will help ease your finances. Go around and collect the pop bottles for spare change. Start a spare change jar where you empty your pockets each night before you go to bed. Choose to have at least one homemade meal at home a day for a start. Hand make your Christmas gifts with love.
Sometimes the wealthy financial life does not always yield the glamor and life you want. More often than not, the simple life with a few sacrifices here and there is the best life out there. You will make it through, you simply need to make the most of it.