Walking down the street, you encounter a folded piece of paper on the sidewalk. You pick it up and read it and immediately, your life has changed. Describe this experience.
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Today, on our radio in South Africa, they are advertising the Powerball Lotto in America, which pays out $ 400 000 000 tomorrow evening. If somebody did predict the numbers correctly, and then lost the ticket, that ticket would certainly change someone’s life if found on the street.
My wife and I sometimes daydream about what we would like to do if we came into money unexpectedly. Well, the first worry that would go away, was to pay the university fees for all our kids, when they need it. As some of my regular readers would think- a lot more travelling would be a given. There is just so much to see in this big, wide world. I have spent my entire life in just 3 time zones, Mostly Central African time, as far west as Spain, and as far east as Turkey. I would love to see the Americas, North, South AND Central- with my wife… I would love to visit the Far East. I would love rugby matches in New Zealand, and cricket games in Australia.
We would not worry where we are going to live when I get to retirement age and have to move out of the comfortable church house…
But I would not need $400 million to reach that. I am not that interested in Things, but in Relationships, and Experiences. Such a piece of paper could probably take a few worries away. It would certainly bring on a lot more- to know who is really my friends, who really need my financial help. Would it still be as much fun to just sit under the African starry sky at night and count the shooting stars with my kids? Would the joy of a camp fire at night, with the howl of a jackal or the roar of a lion in the distance still be so amazing?
Would it still be as much fun to gather my equally broke friends on a Friday night, and we share whatever we have to eat and drink in my Lapa (a South African’s favourite place to linger, with a fire involved…)
Maybe such a piece of paper would kill the joy and happiness of the every day life, of the not exactly knowing how everything is going to turn out- maybe the sense of adventure. Would it be worth it? Maybe, if I could see the future, and the influence of too much money on me, my kids, my friends- maybe I would just walk on by that winning Lotto ticket? Would you pick it up?