$60 Billion & 5 years
What would you do?
This weekend my nephew Michael, started his senior year in business school and moved into his first apartment. I have no doubt that with his ambition, coupled with his frugality, he is destined to be rich. We had a fun and lively conversation as I debated life, materialism, and relationships with this man-CHILD. You couldn’t tell him nuthin’! Ahhh to be young and so certain of everything again. He did ask one question that got me to thinking (even though it oozed with sarcasm). If you had $60 billion would you just sit around and watch TV and go to Pilates all day? The essential question (disguised beneath the bravado) is, “What would you do with your life if money didn’t matter?” Not what would you buy, but what would you DO?
Because we were in a wicked debate, I had to be quick on my feet. This wasn’t a let-me-get-back-to-you type of answer. His philosophy feels more like you know what you know, or you don’t know what you’re talking about! I only had a second to give him a nugget before I lost his attention. God promised me that all I have to do is plant a seed and He will take it from there. So I took a breath, went deep within and let Mike know my truth. I would participate in causes I believe in. I’d become a serial entrepreneur, volunteer and activist in whatever channel presents itself. Essentially, I would go around and solve problems that would make the world a better place.
I’m adding a time limit to the question since we already take our life-time for granted. So what would you do with your life if you had $60 billion and 5 years left of life to live. I challenge you, like Mike challenged me, to answer quickly. The first answer is often best. It not cluttered with years of conditioning from what your parents or the world thinks that you SHOULD do. It is what you WOULD do if unbounded. There are no wrong answers.
Here are desires of people that I’ve enjoyed recently... Rescue animals. Public speaking. Make people laugh. Learn different cultures outside of US. Design and decorate. Make things beautiful. Cook and share delicious meals. Discover new ingredients. Play golf. Run with marathoners in every state. Read. Feed the hungry. Provide an education for the needy. Fight poverty. Create a healthcare system. Be a bartender. Own a vineyard. Stay at home with the kids.
So I ask you to consider Mike’s question in slightly different terms…If you were certain that all your material needs and desires would be met beyond your wildest imagination, and all you had to do was strive to be blessed, and to be a blessing to others, What would you do?
Well folks, the universe is abundant and promises to provide, and almost every spiritual tradition on the planet reminds us of this when we practice faith. Put it all into perspective and go live your best life, now.
And because the universe is generous, we can learn our biggest lessons through the most unexpected places when we stay mindful and awake. So I want to thank my young nephew for slamming me with the question. One good turn deserves another—you have 10 seconds…What would you do, not With $60 billion, but because of it?
Now, I’m off to Pilates… (just kidding) :)
UGottaEat…so eat mindfully.
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