In today’s culture it’s common to define oneself by financial status and external achievements. As a society we’re driven by the American dream and bettering our situations for our children and ourselves.
Yet, for all the abundance money represents, it is also notorious for bringing up fears and shining a spotlight on inadequacies.
We feel as bad for what we don’t have as we feel good about what we do.
I was watching an interview on television one day with Oprah Winfrey and J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter books. Both of these women are billionaires with more than enough money to last a lifetime, yet both admitted at times they fear losing it all. Both still work extremely hard in their respective fields. In fact, as of this writing, the final Harry Potter movie had just pushed the franchise past the $7 billion mark.
Lynne Twist, author of The Soul of Money, found the same fears in her work with the affluent.
She discovered “where wealth and privilege are the prevailing conditions, and money defines life and character, the fear of losing it is often profound.”
Imagine being a billionaire and not feeling like it is enough. I admit it made me feel better about my constant pursuit for more. Perhaps it is simply human nature.
What do you think?
Do you think it’s human nature to always want more, or to fear losing it all? Or, do you believe we have simply been conditioned to believe this? Have you ever felt comfortable with the amount of money you have, or do you still feel fearful regardless of how much you have? Do you believe that if you only had more your life would be better? I’d love to hear your perspective. Please post a comment and share.
Excerpted from “Breaking the Spell: The Truth about Money, Success, and the Pursuit of Happiness”