Money isn’t everything

In Colchester, Essex the hunt is on to find the holder of a lottery ticket worth £8 million. They have until 13th March 2017 to claim their prize.

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It’s a life changing sum of money but there have been plenty of instances of lottery winners who thought their dreams had come true only to see that dream turn into a nightmare because money isn’t everything and a large sum of money can bring with it a complex set of problems alongside the flying champagne corks and I’m not talking about whether you should buy a yacht or a sports car or both.

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Sunseeker v Baja by Lets Go Out Bournemouth courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons licensed by CC BY 2.0

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Squabbles amongst families and rising tensions between husbands and wives are the stories that hit the headlines months and years after the champagne has gone flat. It isn’t the money itself that tears people apart rather it has a way of exacerbating the fault lines that already existed in a relationship before the potent mix of lots of money got added to the pot.

It’s good to aim high. It’s lovely to have dreams. Just make sure your foundations are solid before you start reaching for the stars or have them handed to you on a plate.

  1. Be true to yourself.
  2. Tell the people you care about that you love them.
  3. Show that love in what you do not just in what you say.
  4. Take pleasure from the simple things in life – a leaf caught on the breeze, a beautiful sunset, a roaring fire.
  5. Cherish happy times.
  6. Look for the good in people.
  7. Give second chances to yourself and to others.
  8. Smile even if your heart is breaking
  9. Practice random acts of kindness.
  10. Remember that somewhere inside all of us there is a clock ticking so don’t waste precious moments on those who don’t deserve your time.
  11. Never be afraid to live, laugh or love.
  12. Don’t strive to be happy because happiness is ephemeral. Strive for contentment instead.
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Contentment by Mario courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons licensed by CC BY 2.0

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6 thoughts on “Money isn’t everything

  1. joanzumwalt 16/10/2016 / 6:14 pm

    Great advice. Three times in my life I’ve quit jobs earning the most money I had ever earned and never looked back because other things were more important at that time.

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    • ellieholmesauthor 17/10/2016 / 5:25 am

      Good for you! It takes a lot of courage to make a big change like that even if it is for the right reasons. Ellie x

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  2. Candelo Blooms 16/10/2016 / 8:45 pm

    What a beautiful post and so true, though it does help to have a little bit, so life is not too tough! Great guidelines for being happy- it’s really very simple!

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    • ellieholmesauthor 17/10/2016 / 5:23 am

      It really is and yet so often we need reminding of it to keep on track. Ellie x

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