It's The Simple Things

It’s the simple things in life that are most extraordinary.
— Paulo Coelho

Have you ever taken the time to think about what’s most important to you in life? When it comes to our personal finances, we often default to thinking we need to earn more money, spend less, and save more. We aspire to be wealthy and never worry about material things again.

Today, I’d like you to take a minute to think about what you truly enjoy most in life. I think you may be surprised. You do not need much money to live a truly happy and fulfilling life.

Here is the list I put together - your list will be different - but I recommend you go through this exercise as well.

  • Reading a book to wind down the day

  • Going for a hike to clear my mind

  • Eating a healthy meal

  • Attending church on Sunday morning

  • Volunteering in my community

  • Volunteering on international mission trips

  • Gasping for air after a hard workout

  • Talking to my family

  • FaceTime with my niece and nephew

  • Drinking a beer on the porch and listening to bluegrass music

  • Reuniting with my best college friends on an annual basis

  • Saturday afternoon nap with golf on the television

  • Playing golf with my friends

  • Summer heat

I could go on and on, but I hope you see the trend. These are things that make me happy, and I consider the finer things in life. As you can tell, it doesn’t take much money to make me happy. However, it is still important to monitor your finances properly. This way, you will be able to spend more time on the simple things, and less time thinking about money.

Tell me, what are some of the things on your list that bring happiness and joy to your life? You may realize that great wealth is not needed to be happy.

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