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.
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.
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.
- Be true to yourself.
- Tell the people you care about that you love them.
- Show that love in what you do not just in what you say.
- Take pleasure from the simple things in life – a leaf caught on the breeze, a beautiful sunset, a roaring fire.
- Cherish happy times.
- Look for the good in people.
- Give second chances to yourself and to others.
- Smile even if your heart is breaking
- Practice random acts of kindness.
- 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.
- Never be afraid to live, laugh or love.
- Don’t strive to be happy because happiness is ephemeral. Strive for contentment instead.