|There is no time like the present - enjoy it by choosing|
more time over more money.
"Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you."
- Carl Sandburg
Once a person's basic material needs are satisfied, additional income makes little to no difference in their level of happiness.
Considering this, about 12 years ago Linda and I sat down to figure out how much money we needed to meet our basic monthly material needs. At the time, I calculated that I needed to work one week a month to pay my share of the expenses. Linda earned less, but her share could still be gained in about 2 weeks of work.
Since that time we have worked to live rather than lived to work.
While we were engaged in paid work we would toil the required amount, then take the rest of the month off. If we wanted more money for something we would work more, but usually we chose more time over more money.
And as sure as the big hand follows the little one, once we changed our priorities, pleasant changes in our lives followed.
We are determining how to spend time, the coin of our lives, ourselves. With that coin we are buying a better, more satisfying and more independent life.