Would having adequate amounts of money make you happy?
I'm not talking about having so much money you couldn't possibly spend it all in your life time, but rather enough so you could purchase all the fencing materials to keep your vegetable garden and orchard safe from hungry critters, or enough to get that much needed tune-up on your main vehicle (and why not get those rust spots on the body taken care of at the same time?), or even enough to hire (gulp) a professional to power wash and paint the house this summer rather than spending the time doing it yourself.
My better half and I have been struggling with achieving that elusive balance between work and time off. You know, time off to spend the day (days, even?) recreating, relaxing, pursuing personal goals, doing nothing if that's what seems needed.
Try as we might, that balanced life doesn't come as easily as we would wish. I tend to think it would be easier to achieve if we didn't feel it necessary to put in our own time and labor on certain tasks rather than making them go much faster and easier by, for instance, being able to purchase all the best of needed materials for a job at once or enlisting the aid of a professional who could do the job probably better and certainly quicker.
I'm not for a moment suggesting we're suffering from lack of funds to provide us with the basic needs of life. But we do have to keep a close eye on the money we have coming in and the way it goes out. Therefore, we tend to do whatever we can in the way of home maintenance and improvements to our property using our own time and labor. We're careful in the purchases we make. We make do with equipment and supplies that are recycled or purchased ones that are "not exactly" what we would choose if we could buy the top of the line. We take care of what we have so it lasts a long time.
Looking at our To Do List for this coming spring/summer/fall season when weather up here near the tundra is conducive to nearly all projects without risking frozen extremities (or slipping ladders --- let's not even think about that), we fantasize about ordering new fencing materials (sorely needed) and hiring a crew to come in to install same. 'Twould be done in a day's time, I betcha. Wow. Super. Let's do it. Then rather than spending the week (or so) doing it ourselves, we could take the time off and go canoeing, hiking, sight-seeing. If I had the time, I'd love to volunteer at our wonderful library.
The one stumbling block to creating this kind of scenario, of course, goes back to the financial dilemma. So much in life seems to go back to the financial dilemma.
Would we be happier if we had adequate amounts of money to use in any way we wished? Would the money enable us to create an environment in which we felt we could have more of a balanced life? Would I have a more restful night's sleep if I didn't wake, as I did this morning, from a stressful dream of agonizing over buying a new set of bathroom towels? (In my dream, I was in a large department store and after spending too long comparing the price of towels, I finally purchased a set and then was devastated when presented with the bill of over a thousand dollars!) Silly, I know, and small peanuts compared to the problems many folks have. (I'm aware others are struggling to put food on the table, and I don't mean to make light of that.) But I'm sure in my subconscious this all relates back to feeling the need to "count pennies" when dealing with finances.
So how do you feel about the question, "Will money buy you happiness?" We frequently hear the saying, "Money won't buy you happiness," but I'm curious to hear your thoughts on the subject. Wanna share?
A Heart Again
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