Wealth = Money x Time x Health

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How many times have you seen or heard about somebody who retires and then shortly afterwards gets sick? Nothing comes of all the dreams and plans for the “golden years.”

The saddest I have experienced was when I was a student (studying for the Ministry) and one holiday I helped in a congregation.  I was 23 years old.  One of the people on the list that I had to visit was 60 year old gentleman.  His dream was for him and his wife to travel South Africa in a motorhome after retirement.  Everything was organized, motorhome in the driveway – preparations under way.  Two months before turning 60 and retiring, he was diagnosed with liver cancer – at that time it was a death sentence.  Nothing came of his retirement.

That is why I also define wealth in terms of money, time and health.

I love the outdoors.  I love traveling the roads less traveled.  To do that, I need money for diesel, for the right food and accommodation.  Each one of us has something that we love doing and that we look forward to doing more of. Without money we can do very little.

No sense in working so hard for money that I do not have time to enjoy my life.  We will go through this life but once.  Time is the one commodity we can never make up once we have used it or abused it.

Without health, we have a problem.  In fact, our health is our biggest wealth.  As long as we are healthy, we can work and make money and enjoy our time.

This is not a common definition of wealth.  It is a definition that makes me think about my life.

Wealth is a matter of balance – work, play, mind, body, values
I would love to hear what you think about this, and especially how you manage the balance.  Please leave a comment below.

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1 Response to Wealth = Money x Time x Health

  1. Jangroentjie says:

    In deed, without money you could have all the time in the world – probably begging at the robot. Without time you could have all the money in the world and still be poor. Most people have neither time, nor money. Just working to survive. Without health you have nothing.

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