What would you do if you were given 7300 dollars and told that’s all the money you have for the rest of your life? Its funny how we as humans measure everything in this world by money… success, happiness, time, worth, even our schedules and priorities are all based off time or money or both as in this day and age time is money.
I recently read that we are allotted an average of 30,000 days on this planet, I have about 7300 good ones left, IE in 7300 days I will be on my final glide path. That’s not much time left, 1265 weeks or 252 months. If you equate my days weeks or months into dollars which we all seem to understand, I’m almost broke or out of time depending on how you look at it.
Getting back to the original 7300 dollars, you wouldn’t spend that on a TV or new car would you? Would you go to work for a dollar a day? I hope your answer is no! Why then do we waste our precious and finite days working for someone else, sacrificing our precious life units to their benefit. Are we nothing more than indentured servants slaving for the mortgage on the house we cant use because we are always out working to pay for it? What about the shiny new car that sits unused 23 hours a day? I don’t know about you but I would rather spend my last few days with my family, or donating my time to help others in need, exploring the world, or even just napping in the sun.
Are we all nothing more than sheep that have lost our way? Did you know the average person wastes almost 10,000 dollars a year on non essential items such as car payment, gas, insurance, phone and internet? throw a 250k mortgage in there and it will add another 21,000 in wasted money for a house you will never own, that’s 31000 a year in the trash or 310,000 in ten years. I wonder if the average person understands that a 30 year mortgage at 6.5 % interest actually costs almost 100% of the borrowed amount. I could go on an on… Our whole life’s are bought on time but the one thing we cannot buy is time.
There is a simpler way, a way out, or a way in depending on how you look at it. Every time I find myself lost and, or confused I have to dumb it down to dollars and cents and remind myself that I only get one dollar a day. That single dollar can give me the world or cost me another precious day of my life that I will never get back.
We decided to take a whole day off and do nothing but enjoy the company of each other minus the distractions of the world. I asked Serena a simple question but it turned out to be the topic of the day. What am I doing here? How can I make my life sustainable? Is there any value to what I do, and if so what is it? Below are a few random thoughts and questions that popped up in our conversation about taking a new direction in this world.
Lots of information out there about ways to live a simpler life, reasons you should live more simply, how-to’s, and statistics, but this amounts to the green version of keeping up with Jones.’ No one is writing about the internal struggle that true commitment to living your values is bound to cause, at least in our perverse world. Document the miseries and joys of living your values, or trying to.
“Alas, our technology has marched ahead of our spiritual and social evolution, making us, frankly, a dangerous people.”
~Steven M. Greer