I was watching a programme this morning at 6 am. Its not a habit normally but i’ve been waking up at ridiculous times for some reason. When i get a spate of these i spend the time doing some self analysis, going through an internal stock take. Sometimes i need to do a mind-map to tune into what’s unsettling me, financial, emotional, external internal, just where the main points of soreness live. After that i think about which of those sore bits are things i can actually do something about and which bits i can’t do anything about. I usually end up calming myself through some mindfulness techniques and find the right way up.
Any who, the programme i was watching centred around a very posh hotel in the heart of London where rooms cost upwards of 5 thousand pounds a night. One group of very rich individuals booked a whole floor for a month with instructions to make substantial changes to the spaces including installing their own kitchens and dining areas. I can’t even imagine the cost of something like that.
During the course of the programme they interviewed a travel agent to the rich and famous who said that he charges 100 thousand a year just for them to join his travel club and a further 25 thousand per year to stay joined, thats without actually doing anything. To give an insight, he was saying how one customer wanted to go fishing but his wife was worried that her husband wouldn’t catch any fish, so the travel agent organised to have a scuba diver hiding in the water so that when the guy cast his fishing line the scuba diver could place a fish on the hook of the guys fishing rod.
To have that much money seems utterly obscene, given what that money could buy. But it seems that plenty of people have that kind of cash or the likes of this hotel and the millions of people employed to facilitate every whim of another person just because they have money, wouldn’t exist.
Im not against wealth, but i do feel if i had that kind of wealth i would do more than stay in 5 thousand pound a night hotels or have holidays where a fish is placed on my fishing rod so i wouldn’t be upset that i didn’t catch a fish. How crazy is that.
But …. what would i do ? What would you do ? No mortgage, no loans, you live in the best house, drive the best car, eat from the best shops, wear the best clothes, your kids (if you have them) go to the best schools in safe areas with every opportunity money can buy…. what then ? Does all of that equate to happy or fulfilled ? Having met a fair few rich people in my life it's an easy question to answer. I guess wealth like many things, generates its own appetite. It's consuming and destructive. When you can buy everything how do you value anything.
The old saying is true that money can’t buy you love, it can only buy you things. In my own life i’ve learned that money can be a facilitator, a catalyst a motivator a force for change. Used in the right way it can change millions of lives (if you have that much) or effect the lives of all those around you (if you just have more than you need) Of course we need money to eat, keep a roof over our heads, pay the bills and for some of us just doing that, takes every moment we can spare. Its a strange place when you can have one person eat a plate of food costing a thousand pounds and another person 100 feet away rummaging through a rubbish bin for a mouldy sandwich.
But thats the world we live in right across the board. Some people are rich, some are poor, some of us are loved some of us are lonely. Some sacrifice everything for a bigger bank balance and some of us hide in our box’s and wait for it to be over.
In my work and life i try not to judge or criticise, but i do have opinions about attaining a life of value and purpose. I don’t mean value and purpose to others, i mean value and purpose to you. In fact it's one of my mantra’s. Be you, whatever that means. Use your gifts for your benefit and for the benefit of others. Give freely of yourself, smile often, play when you can, bring your offering to the world. If you do that your money will be worth so much more because it will have real value and if you don’t have money, giving your gifts will make you wealthy in a way that can never be forgotten.