What would you do with ONE BILLION DOLLARS? That is the question many people across the nation are asking themselves as the Power Ball jackpot continues to rise like a thermometer on a hot day. The amount is staggering to say the least and if we have ever wanted an opportunity to stretch our prosperity imagination this is certainly the time.
I have bought a scattering of lottery and Power Ball tickets over the years but it’s been a long time so what an adventure it was when Tall Boy and I decided to buy a few tickets for last Saturday night’s drawing. We KNEW we had to go to a Maverick Station to favor our odds. Tall Boy wanted to purchase in prime number increments (yes, I am dating a nerd!) so we settled on 7 draws. We took our $7 into the market only to find out we needed $14 (when did that happen?) While observing the professional lottery purchasing clientele, we felt under invested and we contemplated adding Keystone Light and a pack of Camels – anything to improve the odds.
After our stint at the Maverick Station (beer and smoke free), our discussion about winning this much financial abundance lead to a more meaningful conversation about fulfillment. What does it mean to have a life well lived? Is it money? Certainly money makes life more comfortable. But does it give you Joy, Peace, Freedom. For me to live a full life is to feel – feel purposeful, joyful, peaceful, empathetic. To be contributing to the betterment of humankind and to have an arsenal of resources like money, physical energy, and spiritual aptitude.
While growing up, my father was a role model for living an authentic life. He could have climbed the ladder of success and spent hours on the job and away from the family. Instead he found a level of financial comfort and lived a balanced life. He skied, fished, hunted, and enjoyed other outdoor activities that kept him healthy and connected. (Interestingly, I see these same qualities in TallBoy). The family benefited as well, and I am proud to carry his legacy of an authentic and balanced life. I daily covet and am grateful I have chosen a life of good health and finding time to connect with friends, family, and nature.
It’s Wednesday and need to finish up here so I can run down to the Maverick Station and buy a few Power Ball tickets for tonight’s drawing. Would a big win make me happier? Maybe, but I am pretty happy; it would give me some extra cash to have more fun, share with others, and maybe even implement change on a much larger scale. The odds are 1 in 292.2 million. Someone has to win.
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