Friends and Family are Better than Money

"Everyone wants to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down." 
— Oprah Winfrey

I’m sitting on top of a mountain in paradise with my Queen. I woke up to one of the most beautiful sunrises of my life. I’m sitting by a fireplace and am drinking some dark rich coffee. The sky is blue. The sun is bright. It’s going to be an amazing day at 8,232 feet.

AnsonJenny5040too.jpgToday, I’d like to remind you that friends and family are more important than money. We work all week to make shekels to fill our bank accounts to buy stuff and occasionally take a trip to another land. But when working, it’s important to remember that shekels are of less value than your friends and family.

Let me give you an example. A friend of mine was in a foreign land and due to safety concerns had a guide/security person who traveled with him and his business associate. During their visit, they had a day to enjoy the country. The guide repeatedly said, “Friends are better than money.” As they arrived at a large tourist attraction and received the number one parking spot, the guide remarked, “Friends are better than money.”

As they traveled the country, they were given VIP treatment not because of money but because of this man’s friendship with all of his countrymen. Friends and family are better than money.

I am blessed to have a large family. My core family is my mom, dad, sister, and I, but when you add in cousins, kids, and now kids’ spouses, we have a large group of people. My family is the most important group of people in the world to me.  

I have a bevy of friends as well. Living in two cities has expanded the number of folks we consider good friends. When we moved to Colorado, we didn’t know a soul, and we now have a hundred or so people in Colorado that we call close friends. Add to that our hundred or so in the Midwest and my Queen and I are blessed individuals.  

Using my title above, I am the richest man I know. I will guess you are rich as well if you consider family and friends as currency. Money has never been an issue for me. I’m not wealthy, but I’ve always had more money than I need. I do what I love, and the money has followed. This year has been a particularly good year for income to our company, but that will not last forever. The economy will eventually slow, and when it does, we have saved enough to weather any storm.

Stop looking at your bank account for happiness and instead look to your friends and family for love, hope, and joy. We put way too much emphasis on money these days; it’s just paper with pictures of famous folks, and most times, we don’t even use the paper. We are moving money digitally.

You are a rich man, woman, or transgender. You have gold all around you, stacks and stacks of gold, treasure, and abundance. Enjoy your wealth, stop worrying about the famous people paper. That will come when you begin doing something you love. Until then, look around at your riches and thank your God for the wealth given to every person ever born on this amazing spinning blue ball.

"Everyone wants to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down." 
— Oprah Winfrey

Anson Ross Thompson is a father, lover, and author. As a self-described "Insurance Ninja", Anson is out to prove that a thin, white, Anglo-Saxon male can write words that can impact people, places, and things. Anson is out to prove he can help change and evolve nouns.