3 things You need that Money can’t buy

moneyMy husband and I are Pink Floyd Fans and one of my favourite songs is ‘Money’ which is about how society puts money above all else.  So when I saw this week’s writing prompt ‘What’s enough Money?’ from Denyse Whelan Blogs, I immediately thought do we ever have enough?

Unfortunately, society places so much importance on money for comfort and security reasons. We have become so obsessed with owning a home with a mortgage that is barely manageable the latest car, holidays, fashion, electronic gadgets, the biggest screen TV .  We are working so hard for a lifestyle we can’t afford to enjoy – so what is the point?

If it was your last day on earth, I don’t think you would be thinking about how much money you have.  Possibly you will be thinking of all the things you had in life that money can’t buy and perhaps wishing you had concentrated more on those than being a slave to the dollar.

People waste money on buying lotto tickets or gambling hoping to be the next big winner.  In fact, there are some who have one the lottery more than once and have frittered it away just as quickly.

There are many things in life that money can’t buy – health, happiness and a feeling of contentment.

So let’s concentrate on 3 things you need that Money can’t buy

Respect

Self-respect and respect from others can’t be bought.  You need to earn it by living a life of example.  Respecting who you are as a person and what you represent.  If you don’t have respect for yourself then how can you expect others to respect you?

Love

Sure you can be wined and dined but true love can’t be bought.  Love comes from within and we really don’t know why we love some people yet have no connection with others.  The love of a partner, family and friends is more valuable than having all the materialistic things that money can buy.

Purpose in Life

How many times have you seen people killing themselves in a job they hate because they don’t know their purpose in life.  Finding your purpose comes from within. Recognising and learning who you are and how you can make a difference to yourself and those around you.

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45 thoughts on “3 things You need that Money can’t buy

  1. Deborah

    All very true Sue and I for one need to remind myself of these facts as often as possible. When I did the seachange thing I decided I was placing an increased value on ‘living’ as opposed to all of those other things we think we have to strive for (money, success, ambition etc), but every so often I find myself wallowing in envy when I see what others have… and have to remind myself WHY I made the decision (to move and work part-time) I did.

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      It is only human Deb to look at others and compare (in every area of life), however, I’m sure that those who are rushing around and not enjoying life would be envious of your courage to make the change and also your lifestyle. I’d love to travel more and I do love having a comfortable life, however I’m trying to Simplify (my word for 2017) and that means making the most of what I have each day. Have a beautiful day xx

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  2. Ness

    What a fantastic question. Above all, it’s family and health for me. Okay you do need money for a family, but you don’t need endless millions. The idea of living your life just waiting to win lotto (which some do) has always struck me as incredibly depressing. Great post.

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      I agree with you Ness. I see people who are staking their lives on the next big win which never happens. You do need money we have to be realistic about that but as I get older I realise that there is certainly more to life than working 70 hours a week and being too tired to enjoy yourself. Have a beautiful day and enjoy.

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  3. Denyse Whelan

    Such a great sentiment Sue. Thank you for both adding to the conversation and bringing the subject of money into perspective. Thanks for linking up for #lifethisweek 6/52. Next week: LOVE. Denyse

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      I actually didn’t think I could write about the topic and then when I woke yesterday morning it just flowed out. Thanks Denyse for the link up which I enjoy and also your writing prompts. Have a beautiful week Love Sue xx

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  4. Jo Tracey

    There’s more to life than working, commuting and putting it all back on repeat. One of the reasons we’re moving is to claw back some time. Living in the Hills District, I currently spend almost 3 hours a day on buses. Yep. That long. You can’t put a price on that.

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      Exactly Jo. I actually lived in the Hills District of Sydney back in the early 80s. There is so much time wasted commuting isn’t there, you must really look forward to each weekend. Have a great day and remember to try to fit some ‘me time’ in for yourself.

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  5. Leanne | crestingthehill

    All the really important things in life can’t be bought – I know my core values aren’t dictated by how much I earn or how much other people earn. At the same time, being independently wealthy wouldn’t be a bad thing! In the meantime I’ll stick with warmth, heart connection, and investment in others as my things money can’t buy.

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      I love yours Leanne – warmth, heart connection and investment in others. I know we need money for a comfortable lifestyle but when we chase the dollar we forget about the important things in life. We are also working so hard there is no time to enjoy life. It becomes a treadmill! Have a lovely day. xx

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  6. [email protected]

    I’m trying to come up with a 4th, but that really is it, isn’t it? seems so simple on paper

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      Hi Jeremy I’m sure there are more but to me these three just encapsulated all the others. Simple on paper but perhaps not so simple to put into practice as we see people rushing through life and not stopping to enjoy the moment.

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      Yes it did with me too Anna. It came to me as I was writing and made me think how important making each day count is. Thanks for stopping by and have a beautiful day.

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  7. Bren Pace

    Hey Sue,

    I absolutely agree! The one thing money can’t buy me is happiness. I mean, money can give us material things however, I’m more content with the smaller things in life. Respect, Love, Faith, and Trust can’t be bought. Thanks for reminding us of the more important things in life. 🙂

    B

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      Hi Bren, we all like what money can give us but at the end of the day we can have all the money in the world and it is useless if we are unhappy or don’t enjoy our life. Have a great week Bren!xx

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  8. Roxanne Jones

    It’s all too easy to fall into the getting and spending mode, especially when we’re younger and strive to keep up with the Joneses. Thankfully, I’ve learned that “stuff” matters less and less as you get older. And since I married Hubs, I can now say, “We ARE the Joneses!” A great reminder about what’s really important, Sue!

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      Ha! Ha! You are the Joneses – love that! I’m sad that most of us don’t realise we are on the merry-go-round of money making until we are older. Life is too short and although I love the comfortable life money provides we need to step back and re-evaluate what is important to us and money wouldn’t be #1 for me. Have a beautiful day Roxanne xx

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  9. shelley

    I love this! It’s way too easy to lose track of the important things that make life worth living. Such an important reminder for this Monday morning.

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      Yes it is easy to just stay on the treadmill trying to make more money Shelley. However, as I age I really do appreciate all the things in my life that money just can’t buy. Have a beautiful week Shelley. xx

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  10. Kathleen - Bloggers Lifestyle

    Well said dear Sue. Very important values. We sometimes dream about the people we could help if we had some of that lotto money. Of course, you need a ticket first LOL. We aim to be content when we have plenty and when we have little, either way, we have all that matters.

    Kathleen

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      Yes Kathleen, I won’t win lotto because I rarely buy a ticket LOL:) Money can bring a comfortable lifestyle that is for sure but without the love and respect of family and friends or a purpose a comfortable life can feel very hollow. Have a great week!

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  11. Michele

    I love this. Money is not the source of all happiness, which advertisers would lead us to believe! I want enough money to not have to worry about it so much, but I have never chased the dollar.

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      A comfortable life is what we all would like Michele but it is so easy to fall into the trap of working so hard to make money for a comfortable life that we can’t enjoy it. We need to find the balance and be content with perhaps less material things and more experiences. Have a beautiful day.xx

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  12. Carol ("Mimi")

    Wise Words! As I get older, I find that I really do not need anymore material “things”. I’m perfectly satisfied driving a 12-yeqr-old car because it runs really well, still looks nice, and has never let me down. Just an example — why “acquire” something new when you don’t really need to? The things you really need are those that you mention in your article: respect, love, purpose. We can’t buy those.

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      Yes I’m the same Carol. I don’t need all the things I once thought I did. It makes for a much simpler and happier life. Have a fabulous day.xx

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      I think we do appreciate our values more as we age Terri. I’m finding I don’t need as much on the material side of life and possessions but seek time and love with family and friends.

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