Tuesday, January 22, 2013

A Million Dollars

  Sometimes I sit around and think about what I would do if I were a millionaire.  First of all, that isn't going to happen because I don't play the lottery and as far as I know, I don't have any rich relatives. 

  I live very comfortably and have no complaints, but I wonder if a million dollars would make me happier.  I don't think so.  I have watched this show How Winning the Lottery Changed My Life and I am consistently amazed how unhappy so many of the people are. From family troubles to spending all the money and going even deeper into debt to losing everything.  Money never makes people happy.  Look at all the people in Hollywood who have so much money they don't know what to do with it.  They don't have long lasting relationships, their children are very often messed up and they are always looking for happiness somewhere else. 

  I saw one man on the millionaire show who had been on food stamps(although he happened to have the twenty dollars to buy a lottery ticket.)  He won two million which became under one million dollars after the government took its share.  Soon his worthless son was living with him spending his money like water.  Taking classes on how to eat at high end restaurants because, the son said, they would be eating at them every day.  The son rented a motel room for eighty dollars a night to keep his "collections."  His collections being sports jerseys, sports shoes and sabers.  I wondered just how long this man's money would last at the rate his son was spending it.  I wish they would do follow up stories on people like this to see if they are destitute and on food stamps again. 

  I'd like to think I would be smarter about having a lot of money.  Sure, I would want to help my children and grandchildren, but it would be me making the decisions, not them about how I would spend on them.

  I know if I had a million dollars I would put some away for our retirement years, but then I would want to help others.  I don't need many things anymore.  I don't really care about fancy cars or big houses. I love the house I live in now.  I would probably have more fabric, but I would be very discerning how much and what I bought.  I would love to take all my family on a wonderful trip somewhere.  I would love to travel to England and spend a few months there.  I would love to have a cabin in Alaska where we could go and spend the summers.  I would love to help a truly needy family who needed a help up, not a handout.  I would love to start scholarships for the kids in my church who wanted to go to college and of course, for my grandchildren but I am a firm believer that if you go to college you should pay for it yourself as much as you are able. I paid for all my college bills. I would have more land somewhere where I could raise some horses or just board a horse somewhere so I could go ride any time I wanted.  Have I spent one million dollars yet?  It probably is harder to spend than I think, but a million dollars doesn't buy as much anymore.

  What would you do with a million dollars?  Maybe you already have a million dollars. I hope you are happy if you do.

  Here's to dreams and to helping others.  Bye

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