Would you trade health for money?
It’s a crazy question, you might think. The thought of intentionally become less healthy, just to get money, seems dumb. Well, that’s because it is!
However, many people regularly do this. Tons of people, actually. Count me among that group, by the way. The reason I say that is that early in my career, I worked late quite a few nights. There were dozens of times when I worked from 8 in the morning through midnight, focusing on various deadlines that I might have had at the time. It all sure seemed so important at the time.
Now, there are some times when have to do whatever it takes to get the job done. But we should limit those instances to the truly necessary times, and they should be few and far between. Am I suggesting that we get lazy and not work hard? No, of course not. But, it simply isn’t sustainable or sensible to push ourselves to the point of compromising health just to make money.
I got thinking about this whole topic when I heard a quote recently that went something to the effect of (paraphrased) “he sacrifices health for money. Then he sacrifices money for health“. Apparently noted as Dalai Lama-sourced wisdom. Well, I do think it’s wise, and it can get you to think.
If you push yourself to be on the go all the time, what might you be compromising?
- Diet – the more harried you are, the more you might be less likely to cook at home and eat a nutritious meal.
- Sleep – we’ve talked about this here, where sleep and money are related – you don’t want to trade the former for the latter.
- Stress – imagine getting to the point of debt-free living, and think about how that might remove a lot of stress from your life (acute job pressure, bills, etc).
Ultimately, we need to think about the role of money in our lives, and how it is interrelated with the other aspects of it. The irony of the whole thing is captured in that saying I noted above, where we trade off our health to make money but we’ll end up spending more later to take care of the health we previously neglecting!
My Questions for You
When have you sacrificed health for more money?
Is this something you consciously think about?
What suggestions do you have for how to successfully handle this?