Thursday, May 2, 2013

Thankful Thursday: 5/2/13

[Thankful Thursday is a weekly segment that began 1/10/13 - read why here.  I invite you to join me in practicing gratitude!]

Tonight at a work dinner, I found myself across the table from an engineering alum who is an executive at a large manufacturing company.  He told us over dinner that yes, he has plenty of money and likes that he has been able to provide his family with whatever they need (read: want), but -- he was sure to tell us -- but money isn't that great.  He only likes his job 50% of the time; he's actually interested in art history and architecture, and would love to work in those fields.  

What does this have to do with gratitude?  I already knew that money isn't all it's cracked up to be; it is not a goal of mine to be wealthy.  I know that it's more important to do what you love doing and spend time with good people, than to spend your days doing something you don't enjoy but that makes more money.  And when I use the verb "know" in the previous two sentences, it's not like when you read a fact in a textbook so now you know.  No.  I know these statements to be true through experiences, interactions, and observations with a variety of people and lives.  So that's what I'm grateful for -- that I've already "learned" this lesson.  That my life experiences have brought me to the conclusion that money isn't (and shouldn't be) the goal.
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