The truth about money
“Let’s pass over to the really rich – how often the occasions they look just like the poor! When they travel abroad they must restrict their baggage, and when haste is necessary, they dismiss their entourage. And those who are in the army, how few of their possessions they get to keep…”
— Seneca, On Consolation to Helvia, 12. 1.b-2
Today we are reminded that money and material goods will not fix issues that dwell within us. Instead these external devices only change the environment. Be careful not to put those on top of the financial ladder on a pedestal, for they too have many of the same fears and the same insecurities.
I so easily forget this, and focus myself on making more. This then leaves me feeling anxious and worried, like I am not doing enough. And so I start to descend down the rabbit hole. No matter how much have, you will always want more. It will never be enough, unless you define what enough is.
Ambition is good, growth is essential, and desire can be really a powerful tool – just be mindful of the sacrifices that need to be made. As money will not fix you.