The car radio blared that the lottery was now up to 650 million and people were scrambling to purchase tickets. I must admit that even me, someone who has NEVER purchased a lottery ticket, turned up the volume. Should I find the nearest card store and purchase a ticket? The thought was intriguing as my eyes scanned passing stores. If I had $650 million there were so many things I could do with the money like producing my own television show or paying off the mortgage of loved ones. What a glorious life it would be….or would it?
We have all heard the phrases “money doesn’t buy happiness” and “money cannot buy love.” These statements we know are true because money, after all, is just paper. Money cannot buy an emotion. What we think and how we feel are consequences of our journey and the choices we have made. Time moves forward each and every day. We can either take a step forward in the direction of our goal(s) or we can stay still. Winning the lottery may get us to our destination, but it cannot give us pride, accomplishment and satisfaction for a job well done. If we want to feel happy we have to earn it, not purchase it. How do you earn the right to be happy? First, by being grateful that each day you wake up you have 86,400 seconds at your disposal. Second that you use your time wisely and take the necessary steps to reach your goals. Lastly, that you face any adversity head-on and move forward with determination and perseverance.
Character is built by appreciating and valuing yourself. Winning the lottery would drastically change my journey, hence affecting my life’s lessons, which can only be learned through hard work, sweat and tears. I smiled as these thoughts encompassed my brain, turned the radio to another channel and kept driving.
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