“Money is only a tool. It will take you wherever you wish, but it will not replace you as the driver.”
― Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged
Dreams usually have some form of price tag associated with them. No matter how creative or frugal we are, it costs to travel, to go to university, to set up a small business, or raise a family. These desires are worthy of the monetary outlay.
If the dream is merely to increase personal wealth, the price exacted to achieve this goal may be too high.
“The most pitiful among men is he who turns his dreams into silver and gold.”
“Before God we are all equally wise – and equally foolish.”
Equality is straightforward. Winston Churchill once said, “All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom, justice, honour, duty, mercy, hope.” Equality is one of those single words that embodies a “great” concept that appeals to our emotional sensibilities. But its true meaning can only be fully understood and integrated within our lives through action. Experience is a rigorous taskmaster. Khalil Gibran wrote, “Coming generations will learn equality from poverty, and love from woes.” When we walk with others, we embrace their needs as our own.
Perhaps, it really is that simple.
“In the end we shall have had enough of cynicism, scepticism and humbug, and we shall want to live more musically.”
Vincent van Gogh
Today, my friends welcomed a son into their lives. And the world welcomed new parents and a family. I received the message and precious photo via text from the hospital. Friendship – a word that expresses the power of community.
“In the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter, and sharing of pleasures. For in the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed.”