Have you ever bought a lottery ticket? Think about how it made you feel. The daydreaming about all of the problems that money would solve. Have you ever talked about your lottery dreams with the person you love? Fantasized about the romantic vacations you will take and the generous gifts you will give to family and friends?
My wife got sick the other day. She is fine – it was the stomach flu. But I left for work that morning thinking that she was home in bed, and, as I’m sure many a worried husband has done, I had nightmare visions of coming home to find her…well, I can’t even write the words.
And so, as I was walking home from the bus stop, I saw that the Mega Millions jackpot had hit $80 million dollars. Normally I would get excited. And yet all I could think was that money means NOTHING to me when compared to my life as it is today – healthy, loved, and safe. With my beautiful, wonderful wife at my side.
So I walked over to a garbage can right there at the gas station and I tore up my lottery ticket without checking if I had the winning numbers. Because I realized I have already won, and it is gluttonous to wish for more.
I am never buying a lottery ticket again. How about you?