Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Money vs. Happiness





Oh my goodness, I am so excited to say that a comment I left on J. Money's blog was quoted in a MSN Smart Spending article. J. Money posed a great question: Would you rather be rich with a job you hate or poor with a job you love? Well, as I remain unemployed and unable to find a teaching job, I chose the second option. I really believe that at this point in my life my happiness is not tied to money. I also think the word poor is relative. My current goal is to find a job that will cover my monthly expenses while allowing me to save a bit too. This job however can't compromise my time with my family, my church, and myself. I'm just not willing to work 70 - 80 hours a week and then not be able to enjoy the fruits of my labor because I'm stressed and downright tired. In the past few months, I have had to make some major changes in my spending. I don't eat out as much, I don't rent movies or even go to the movies as frequently, and I don't spend as much on scrapbooking stuff. However, I have an unbelievable amount of peace because I really feel like I'm getting closer to God's purpose for my life. With each passing day, I'm learning that the acquisition of stuff and fancy titles isn't what life should be about. Instead it's about relationships. Since I've been unemployed, I have settled into a much slower pace that has truly benefited my relationship with my son. Of course, I know that all of us need a source of income. However, I think many of us are confused about WHO is really the source that sustains us. So I think it's only fitting that I ask you the same question: Which would you choose: money or happiness?

6 comments:

Rochelle said...

This is easy... Money. I already have a job that I hate, and I'm not rich. So, if I could continue to do what I'm doing now, and then be rich... At least I would then see the "fruits of my labor". :) Besides, if I'm rich, I'll continue doing what I'm doing now... volunteer on my off time, which brings me happiness. :) As my dad always says... you gotta work. So, you can either make a lot and learn to love it, or you can make a little and learn to hate it. But, you've got to do it. :)

J. Money said...

Well said, as always :) Glad MSN picked you up!

livi said...

i am going to cheap on my answer, because i want to know why do i have to choose? God is the giver of both so why can't i have both?

joanofalltrades said...

Happiness, of course! I have been happier than I've been in two years in the past 2 weeks since I've quit my job. It's amazing what getting that monkey off your back can do for your spirits and spirituality. I realize I do need a job now, but I know that this is all part of God's plan for my purpose and it will work out. Ditto on everything you said! Love this post!

Felicia - I complete Me said...

I vote for happiness as well. I currently struggle with the idea of wanting to get paid more or stay with a job that I love which helps me do the things that I love. Well I haven't left as yet. I use to work for a job where I traveled all the time worked late hours, but I had no life and was unhappy. I use to cry cause I had no friends. I lived alone and because of my schedule dating was hard. I didn't even have time to sit at a bar and meet people. Granted I'm currently making more and working less hours. The point is my happiness is way more important.

Nate said...

Money and happiness do not have to be mutually exclusive. It is usually not the job you hate anyway. It is the people. But, if you love yourself, you can find happiness just about anywhere with your trust in god. You can be happy with or without money. It is a choice-not a condition.