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Stop Making Money

How much money do we really need? What figure is enough?

I remember thinking about Elvis living in Gracelands, his enormous rambling fortress of a home on 1,630.6 m2 of land with many bedrooms, and beds. I pondered at the time ‘but can’t he only sleep in one bed?’

David Bussau was Senior Australian of the Year a few years ago for providing millions of jobs to those who had nothing. He’d stopped work as a building developer to create Opportunity International, primarily to empower women with a job to feed their families. His policy of ‘the economics of enough’, where he believed he had made enough money, resulted in him putting back into others for the rest of his life.

We work, we build houses, we save, we rush… we do all this so that one day we can chill on the beach or play golf all day or just do what we want to do. But how much money is enough? When do we reach the point when we can afford to stop working the long hours? How much money do we need to lay on the beach?

We work, we build houses, we save, we rush… we do all this so that one day we can chill on the beach or play golf all day or just do what we want to do. But how much money is enough?

Each of us working and enjoying life in Australia and New Zealand is incredibly wealthy. If you can rustle up some spare change from a drawer, it is said you’re among the top 8 per cent of the world’s most wealthy people. If you think about it, most professionals in Australia would actually live in the top 1 per cent of the world’s most wealthy.

I’m not saying to stop everything and lay on the beach all day, but what about just doing it for one day?

What if, instead of chasing more money, you take time to enjoy what you have… make your weekends count, turn off your phone after work, put it on a pile in the middle of the table when you’re at lunch with friends, hang out with your family with the TV off, chat to them, spend time alone.

I love ambling. I love watching the world go by, rushing past getting nowhere fast. Everyone is so intense. The rush encourages me to slow down and enjoy what’s around me.

Have you ever looked at the leaves dance on a windy day or watched the birds chat with each other? We’re too busy to look up.

We get so anxious waiting at a set of traffic lights, but what for? Are we in so much demand that we can’t wait for them to change? It seems to take forever but it really is only a minute or two. How stressed out are we that one minute can cause so much angst?

We live lives of privilege and yet we are so much poorer because our need for more money blinds us to our true wealth.

Time to put back in.