I’m hearing “wealthy,” but where’s the “healthy” and “wise?”

January 11th, 2007

It seems that all Generation Y cares about is being rich and famous.

Normally, viagra sales hospital I’d just respond to this with my favorite Bill Murray quote of all time:

“I always want to say to people who want to be rich and famous: ‘try being rich first’. See if that doesn’t cover most of it. There’s not much downside to being rich, other than paying taxes and having your relatives ask you for money, but when you become famous, you end up with a twenty-four hour job.

But the problem is that will still leave the Y’s thinking that “rich” is the thing to chase after and, that too, is a bad answer.

There’s nothing wrong with making money, unless you make it your only goal in life…then it can destroy you and the people around you.

It’s a cliche, but money can’t buy you the things that really matter in life and you definitely can’t take it with you when you’re gone.

Then would should you work for in this world?

Because, I’m not religious, I’m denied the standard non-monetary motivation of getting into Heaven. Instead, I’ve had to try to maximize my time here on Earth.

My conclusion is that the only thing worth striving for is a satisfying life.

Satisfaction does not mean happy. Happiness is supremely transitory and often inconsequential. Satisfaction is a state with an almost Zen sense of completeness. I can’t tell you how to achieve satisfaction in your own life, but I can tell you that you’ll know it when you achieve it.

Satisfaction can’t be bought. And it can’t be inherited. It can only be earned.

And I wouldn’t sell mine for any amount of money you can name or any degree of fame I could attain.

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