I wish I had money. I don’t mean “I need a new dress” money, or even “I want to pay off all my debts money”. I wish I had “won the lottery” money, or “inherited the estate” money. I wish I had “build Caddo a new park” money. I’m a person of ideas and visions and dreams…but unfortunately not the money to go with them. So far, I haven’t even inspired many others to let go of their money. Maybe I just don’t know the right people. There isn’t a single Hilton, or Gates, or Winfrey in my address book!
Each time I read about a ballplayer who has signed an umpteen million dollar contract, or a rock star who is wearing the latest $10,000 “famous designer” jacket, I want to slap someone. I want to shake people and say “WHAT ARE WE THINKING? ARE WE ALL CRAZY?” You see my theory is that there is enough money in the world to do anything, ANYTHING worthwhile we want to do- take care of every orphan, build new schools for every district, cure every disease, and build a new park for Caddo. The money is just being used for nonsense by people with no sense! If you don’t believe me track a few celebrities or politicians or CEOs for a week or two. Most of them are doling out money for “bigger and better things” in a desperate attempt to fill the void in their life created by egotism. I saw a report recently about a star who has five homes! Now how many houses do you actually need? Another reported that she didn’t really use four of the five of the bedrooms in her house- she just liked to look at them.
Okay, okay…I can’t justify everything I purchase. There is excess in my life. I own things I don’t actually need. But I have to believe that if I had money, LOTS of money, I would be generous to others with it. I would build parks and start programs and make changes. I wouldn’t buy designer shoes. That’s the kind of person I am and I don’t think having money would change me. Maybe that’s the key to understanding the people who do have lots of money and waste it on nonsense. They were always that kind of person.
I’m not really going anywhere with this. I have lots of ideas about what I would do with money. I see things every day that I would “fix” if I could. However, I don’t have any brilliant ideas about getting money or having money or making money. I’ve never been able to keep money for very long. But sometimes I wish…