Values and investments

“Nowadays people know the price of everything and the value of nothing.” (Oscar Wilde)

We live in such a materialistic world that we seem to forget the true value of things. We all know the price of everything: from the price of bread, milk, flour, eggs to the price of toiletries, perfumes, clothes, cars and the newest electronic gadgets that we are going to throw out in a few years’ time anyway.

They say that the best things in life are free: like laughter, friendship, love, family, friends, hugs, etc. It is true, but I find it interesting to look at the relative value of money. As we all know from Einstein, time is relative, and similarly the value of money is relative too. Maybe a new expensive gadget means the whole world to somebody, while for me it is only a piece of plastic. I could spend that money on things that are more important to me. Maybe a certain car means everything to somebody, while for me a car is only a tool to get from A to B. Maybe another person works hard to spend his money on things that mean nothing to me.

The question of money also occurs when you invest into your future, be it an actual financial investment or any long-term investment in studies, for example. I am not talking about business and finances here, that is not my world. I do believe however that investments “in life” pay back in the end, that is why they call them so. Of course, when you invest in something that is really your true and genuine desire and the results make you happy in the long run.

Many people who have financial difficulties are terribly afraid of investments and can look at money only one way. That evil money… They never risk anything. In the end, money is just money, it is a tool, it is energy – as it is said. Thinking about people who live in tribal societies, I reckon they don’t have issues with money. They don’t want to buy the newest gadget, because they don’t even know it exists. Supposing they have enough supplies to feed themselves, they can have a perfectly happy life – without money!

For those of us living in non-tribal societies, we should remember what the true values are in life, and when it comes to money, we should not look at it as something evil. We should not be fearful of anything in life.

I had to learn the hard way that you need to be courageous when you want to invest in something or when you are just about to try something you never did. You need to get out of your comfort zone. You have to do things you never did before to get different results. Even though at this point you can’t see whether it will be worth it, but if you never try, you will never know. If you trust Life, you will always be catered for, no matter what. So there is no need to be afraid, the benefits will prove to be worth a hundred times more than your investments.

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