We live in a society that encourages the relentless pursuit of more money. No matter how much we have, we believe that more money is better. We act as if it is always worth investing the time and energy to earn and accumulate more.
But is it?
The pursuit of more money always comes at a cost. We often sacrifice personal time and time with family in our pursuit of financial success. Our relationships may be increasingly strained, but we rationalize that our family loves us and will understand. After all, we tell ourselves that we are working hard for them, to support them in the lifestyle to which they have become accustomed.
All too often, that rationalization is a lie. We’re not doing it for our family; we’re doing it for ourselves. Maybe we want to perceive ourselves as successful, and we define our personal success in financial terms. Maybe, no matter how much we have, we worry about running out of money, so we keep adding to our pile in a desperate attempt to feel secure.
At some point, we have enough. Enough to support a comfortable lifestyle, provide for our retirement, educate our children, and care for our parents. When we have enough and continue to pursue more money blindly, we leave ourselves vulnerable to heartache and loneliness.
Are you engaged in the blind pursuit of more?