Grandma Was Right, Of Course

Today was my grandmother’s birthday. She died 26 years ago and I still miss her. She would have turned 118 today had she lived that long. We lost her at 91.

As with all grandmas mine had many wise sayings and observations. One of them that I remember so well was her comment on the passing of time. When we were kids we would so earnestly wish for Christmas or some other big event. “I wish it were Christmas, Grandma” we would say. She would smile and then say, “do not wish your life away,
time passes all too quickly. When you reach my age it passes very fast indeed. I do not know where it has all gone.”

She made this observation in her late 70s or early 80s. I was very young then and could not appreciate what she was saying. Now I can. She was so right. This was before magazine articles about “living in the present” or being mindful. My grandmother was not repeating the latest pop philosophy. She was speaking from her own experience. She had come to understand how precious each moment on this earth is for us all. She had no desire to race through any of them any longer.

This is hard for a child, for their lives seem to extend beyond them endlessly and they are easily bored. Once you become an adult this all makes a lot of sense.

What you may ask does this have to do with creating true wealth. It has everything to do with it. True wealth is about more than simply making money. True wealth includes living life to its fullest. It includes all the valuable experiences with friends and family that you can find. It includes music, art, meditation, inner peace, helping others, being part of a community, having good health, etc.

Money will only buy so much – true wealth includes all those things you cannot buy.

Grandma was right, of course, do not wish your life away. And as Malcolm Forbes often observed, do not spent all your time getting, spend some seeking to understand.

Wishing you success and prosperity,

Daniel R. Murphy
Helping People Learn to Build Wealth

Wishing you Success and Prosperity,

Daniel R. Murphy

Wishing you well,

Daniel R. Murphy
Educating people for building wealth, adapting to a changing future and personal development.