Adults spend a lot of their time worrying about accumulating wealth, money security, and retirement plans. But there are plenty of things that money can’t buy in life that are equally as important.
Yes, money certainly offers security and stability. There’s no denying that! But before we start focusing all of our efforts and self-worth on our bottom line, let’s make sure we remember there is a bigger picture.
What are some things in life that money cannot buy? Money cannot buy love, more time, a sense of peace, or friendship. Just to name a few.
In this relentless pursuit, many people realize that money is not, and never will be, the answer to true happiness. Peace and joy come from within.
Having money and security will always make someone’s life easier. There is no denying that. But the richest person in the world will still feel unloved, unrested, unresolved, and be without time. It’s all about perspective.
10 Things Money Can’t Buy
When you are sitting home tonight – surrounded by people who love you, eating your favorite foods, listening to your children laughing and playing by your side – witness the blessings you truly have in your life. The bottom line is you already have everything you need. At the end of the day, it’s all about shifting your state of mind.
Money Can’t Buy You More Time
Time waits for no man – not even the wealthiest people on the planet. No matter how much money you have, when it’s your time to go… it’s your time to go. This is just the way of man. We are born to live and then to die.
Sure, money can get you better medicine and doctors, but there are no life extensions beyond our human capacity.
If we were to look at this in a different way, money can not bring back lost time you wish you spent with a loved one. Regrets and mistakes that you now own due to a clouded mind. There’s no turning back the clock. We all have to live with our wrong choices.
You Can’t Buy Peace Of Mind
What is the value of peace? How much is it worth? To have peace of mind? Imagine being able to sleep at night without any stress, worry, or fear. That is invaluable – no price tag!
There isn’t a sum of money you could own that could buy you such peace. It doesn’t matter if you have a billion dollars or a thousand in the bank. Inner peace is something that starts from within. Controlling the spirit is a personal journey, not a monetary one.
Put your heart in the right place and begin to work on releasing any demons that you’ve been holding onto. Try to live a life free of vengeance, anger, and hatred. Remember – you don’t need money to do this. You need conviction and time to appreciate the little things in life. The best things are what’s in between the larger milestones. That’s the meat!
Keeping An Open Mind
Are you someone who is willing to try something new? Or are you close-minded and a single-laned spirit? There are people in this world who like to take chances and explore the world, and there are people who tend to live inside a box.
Having an open mind – a curious mind – enables you to learn new things, experience different cultures, and hear arguments from people you don’t necessarily agree with but want to invest yourself in.
Especially today – when everyone seems to have scientific and poli-sci degrees – it’s important to still want to listen. It’s important to still be willing to learn.
You will always come across rude people – no matter where you are in life. Learning how to treat someone respectfully is an important trait to learn and you don’t need money to learn it. That’s just common sense.
No matter who you are addressing, no matter who is watching, no matter what mood you are in – having manners is a given. You are not special. Don’t ever forget it. We are all human.
You Can’t Buy Love
Money can buy lust, attraction, sex, and power, but it will never be able to buy love. Love is pure, genuine, and earned. For that reason, it simply is impossible to own.
Money can’t buy love but that is not to say that relationships are not built on money. Marriages of convenience are real.
One party likes nice things and so they tag along and stay in a loveless marriage to continue to get what they want. While love might not exist, this relationship is benefiting the parties in some way. Money didn’t buy love. It just bought a situation.
Money Can’t Buy Friends
Sure, having money will definitely attract people toward you, but it won’t guarantee true friendship. True friends do things for each other when there isn’t a payday at the end of the week.
People who have a lot of money will have a hard time deciphering this, and it’s usually why they tend to stick to other wealthy people while forming inner circles.
Look at your friendships – the close ones. The bones you’ve formed around you are invaluable. Do not take them for granted! They are a true blessing. You should be so thankful for those gifts on a regular basis. Make it a point to spend some quality time with your core group this week. Call on the people who have been there during tough times and see how they are doing. Be a good friend.
Money Cannot Buy A Life’s Purpose
- Do what you love.
- Help a small group of people.
- Start in your community.
These three principles will help you figure out what your life’s purpose is if you don’t even know where to begin. And guess what? You don’t need a ton of money to start.
Everyone gets overwhelmed when trying to figure out what they want to do in order to better the world. But that’s because they usually start by thinking globally. For the general person, that can be too much to bite off at once.
Instead, start hyper-local. Start small. Look at your community. Every bit helps.
You don’t need money to find your purpose. You just need passion.
You Can’t Buy Patience
Patience is a virtue. Money cannot teach patience. In fact, having the ability to remain calm in the face of trouble is a skill that anyone can learn and it is invaluable.
This is a lesson that should be taught in schools as an actual class. I know they have been working in morning meditations in the elementary schools, but it is not enough. 20 minutes a day of breathing exercise, mindfully lessons, and calming routines would change a generation.
Money Can’t Buy Happiness
Money cannot buy happiness. I mean true, long-term happiness. Sure, money can buy pleasure, fun, excitement, and joy!
A trip to the movies or an amusement park will make anyone happy. That’s not what we are discussing here. When I say “happiness”, I mean contentment, happiness in your heart with regards to life.
If you don’t have gratitude then you will never truly feel pure happiness. They are interlinked. Furthermore, if you are never satisfied with everything you already own, then you will never find peace. Money will not help you with these two feelings.
A True Appreciation For Things
Do the uber-wealthy truly appreciate everything they’ve accumulated? It’s a discussion worth having.
No matter how much money you have, make sure that you appreciate all that you’ve been given. It doesn’t matter the cards you’ve been dealt – be thankful that you have cards in your hands.
Take time every single day to appreciate everything you’ve accomplished for yourself, that others have done for you, and that your family has done as a unit. As Sheryl Crow once said, “It’s not having what you want. It’s wanting what you’ve got.”