Monday, January 18, 2016

A Ten Dollar Dream

If you are anything like me, last week you did something you normally don’t do – you bought a lottery ticket.  The chance at one point four billion dollars seemed kind of hard to pass up.
I think once the ticket was purchased the day dreaming and planning began.  What to do with all that money?  Perhaps pay off the mortgage or do a little remodeling.  Buy a car or take a trip.  How soon before I would quit my job?  Whom would I tell?  What charities did I want to fund and friends and family would I help?  Decisions, decisions.
I read an article in which businessman and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban gave advice to a potential lottery winner.
If you weren't happy yesterday, you won't be happy tomorrow.  It's money.  It's not happiness.
If you were happy yesterday, you are going to be a lot happier tomorrow.  It's money.  Life gets easier when you don't have to worry about the bills.
I splurged and bought five chances.  Ten bucks.  Instead of telling the cashier to give me a winner, which I am sure she hears that one all day, I told her to give me some losers.  And you know what?  She listened.
It was fun to think of all the possibilities, even if it was just for a day or two.  And, I’m still as happy as I was before I bought the ticket.  Just ten dollars poorer.

1 comment:

  1. I did not buy any tickets. Mostly, probably, because it would just be one more errand to do that required me to get out of my car and freeze my face off. :)
    Mark Cuban is spot on.