The Powerball jackpot is now up to $550 million dollars. Goodness gracious, can you even imagine what you would do if you won that much money? I imagine first you would do a happy dance, praise the Lord, and pinch yourself to make sure you aren’t dreaming. Okay, that is what I would do.
But what would you do after the news settled in? What would you do with the reality of suddenly being incredibly wealthy? Have you ever thought about it?
I have thought about it…a lot. Oh, the things I could do with money like that. I wouldn’t be one of those folks who buys giant mansions, overpriced cars, and expensive designer clothing though. I cannot imagine ever viewing those type of expenditures as being prudent. I could see myself using money like this to help fund a non-profit organization that would allow me to devote my time and energy to helping others. Not that I wouldn’t want to use some money to travel and have a good life, but I don’t need hundreds of millions to have that. Indeed, I cannot imagine money (having it or not) ever changing my desire to do something meaningful with my life.
I could do an awful lot of good with 550 million dollars. I could help change lives, support animal care organizations, address the veteran suicide epidemic, and create the largest research facility and think tank on autism…I could do lots of fabulous things with money like that. Of course I don’t need 550 million dollars to do these things – I just need passion and commitment. Sure, the money would help, but having money isn’t the primary ingredient in creating positive change in the world – the primary ingredient is a soul on fire. Ferdinand Foch said, “The most powerful weapon on earth is the human soul on fire.”
I probably won’t win a multi-million dollar lottery jackpot in my lifetime and that is okay. I already have everything I need to live the meaningful life I seek. At the end of the day, I think riches are best counted by the heart, not a banker.
Day one thousand four hundred and eight of the new forty – obla di obla da