Hello everyone. Hope you’re having a nice day as you read this.
This post will be a little different than my typical personal finance posts. I’m reflecting on some things as I write this, getting philosophical as I think of someone who just passed. Some money thoughts will likely ensue, just giving advance notice on the topic before I go further.
Anyway, I’m philosophical with a little bit of a heavy heart right now as I just found out about the passing of someone I knew a little bit. I say “knew a little bit” because I didn’t know her by more than her first name. I knew her because she worked at a business that my family has been visiting for some years now. You see, when we visited this place, we would chitchat for a few minutes, talk about kids or whatever. We didn’t socialize with her or get to know her outside of there, but knew her in the capacity of her job, where we regularly encountered her, which might have been 50 or so times. But this is over a number of years, so time increases familiarity.
When we found out about the passing, it was a surprise to us. She wasn’t old – seemingly late middle-age and obviously taken from here well too early. It was a jolt to find out that this person we regularly encountered and talked to is gone so suddenly with no warning.
Why am I talking about this here? Well, two reasons I suppose. First, this event served as another reminder to me that while money is really important, it still has limitations in terms of its importance in the grand scheme of things. I say this because when I heard the news, I just started to think about the reality (or my opinion, anyway) that when we’re gone from here, we can’t take money with us. Of course I knew this already, but sometimes we get reminded of things.
In the end, it’s not money or the pursuit of money that’s most important, it’s being kind and generous that endures. Don’t get me wrong, if you read this blog you know that I really like money and think it has great value in making our lives good. It would be disingenuous for me to imply otherwise. That’s why I enjoy writing about it! But this woman…you know, I have no idea what her financial situation was and never thought about it. She might have had a hard life for all I know. However, I think that in the broader sense of the word, she was truly rich. She was always very friendly, genuinely nice to my kids, and very helpful. She remembered names and past conversations, and had really good, helpful advice on a few things. You could tell she cared about people.
There are many people who run big businesses, make a lot of money, or whatever. But it’s really the folks who care, and are helpful and generous that are the true difference makers in our daily lives when we think about it. Our memories of them and appreciation for them tend to endure. It was an honor to know, even at that level, someone who exhibited these qualities. One can hope to learn from someone like her, aspiring to be wealthy not only financially but also where it’s most important too.
Thanks for reading, and have a great day.