Money Isn’t Everything
You’ve heard the expression, “Money isn’t everything” but do you really believe it? Maybe there is a part of you that wants to believe it but you’re not sure that you can really live by it. I’ve had little money and I have had plenty of money. I have been happy with both. Both situations can cause stress. Both situations can make you feel carefree. So, which one is right for you?
There’s no right or wrong answer here, but here are some things to consider:
- Is acquiring money keeping you from family or friends?
- Are you able to use the money you are acquiring or are you too busy working for it?
- Have your eating habits changed? Are you exercising?
- Has your personality changed since focusing on acquiring money? How’s your mood?
- Do you live vicariously through social media?
If you are in a work environment that makes you money but the culture is terrible, you may want to re-think your situation. Money can bring great joy but it can also cause you to be miserable and have health problems if the acquisition of it is consuming.
A friend of mine recently told me that he ruined a relationship because he worked too much and that he’s not going to do it again. He will do what he needs to do to make money and be smart with it but not at the expense of his happiness.
On the other hand, not focusing on money at all can cause just as much stress:
- Do you worry about paying bills each month?
- Do you have a savings account?
- How many credit cards do you have and are they maxed out?
- Do you live beyond your means?
- If friends ask you to go out, do you have to check your bank account first?
The bottom line is, we need to have some balance when it comes to money. Money isn’t everything but it is needed to live comfortably in our world today. Another saying you may want to adopt is “Work Hard and Play Hard.” Make sure you are doing what you need to do to support yourself but take time to enjoy it too!
Michelle Froedge is a residential Realtor and Principal Broker in the Greater Nashville and Williamson County areas of Tennessee. “Mom” to four-legged fur babies, Tyler and Livvie, Auntie to Zelamie, she is a vegetarian and sings in her spare time. Michelle has lived in Nashville and Franklin since 1997 and has been selling homes since 2004.