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25 posted 09-12-2000 07:03 PM       View Profile for Irie   Email Irie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Irie

Wow Sharon, good question.
There are so many things I want out of life.

I'd like more toys, more free time, more money and of course feeling comfortable enough to buy something when I want with out worry.

But I also want happiness, security, love and to be emotionally stable.

I guess there is a fine line there, and it all depends each situation.
I think I'd have to choose emotional well being, happiness, love etc.
Bottom line is, money would be great, but I say go for what you know you can hang on to and what will truly make you happy.
For some, that might be money, others might not.

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26 posted 09-13-2000 01:47 AM       View Profile for JP   Email JP   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit JP's Home Page   View IP for JP

"Have you ever been at a point in your life where you have to choose which direction to take? Down the road on your left is one thing...down the right is another..straight ahead is what you've been doing for some time now. How do you choose which road to take? Is happiness, satisfaction and emotional well being as important or more important than money? How do you decide?"

I've been on that road, seen that fork (a couple of times actually) and have the decision made for me pretty easily "What is the best thing for the wife and kids?"

Often the best thing at the time has turned out to be the wrong thing in the long term, leading to another decision, and the same question "What is the best thing for the wife and kids?"

It is interesting to live your life this way, constant subjugation of your own dreams and desires for the good of your family... one would think that time would see bitterness and death of the heart... perhaps in some... but my road is not an endless one.  I walk a finite path and (kinda like driving your car on empty with no gas station in sight.  You don't know exactly when the ride will end, but you know it will be soon) can look down that path and see the glory of the decisions I make.  The life my wife and children will have when I am gone.  The ability to live comfortably, if not luxuriously.  The opportunities for education which many will not have, and the memories of a father who did what he did for them, to give them a decent life.

The path you choose has got to be the path of your heart, but make damned sure your mind can see the logic of your heart's decision, less it all be in vain.   

Yesterday is ash, tomorrow is smoke; only today does the fire burn.

"Everything is your own damn fault, if you are any good." E. Hemmingway
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27 posted 09-13-2000 10:03 AM       View Profile for WhtDove   Email WhtDove   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit WhtDove's Home Page   View IP for WhtDove

Ya know what? After thinking this over here, I've come to this conclusion...
If you're in a situation where you're really not happy with what you're doing, then what good is the money?

If you're miserable, it can cause health problems, and if you're not feeling good, and depressed, then you're not well enough to use that money anyway.

So is emotional well being just as important? I'd say it's probably more important! Better to be happy and make less at a job, than to have money and be miserable.

I always say, "I'd rather be poor and happy, than rich and miserable!"

You only have one life, why spend it being miserable?  Who says you can't do what makes you happy and make money at it too?

It's also easy for everyone else to give advice in another's life. Ultimately that decision is up to the individual. Be happy life is short.  
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28 posted 09-14-2000 08:35 AM       View Profile for juliet_2u   Email juliet_2u   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for juliet_2u

Just this last Dec. I had to make a very hard decision. I could either continue to go straight ahead and stay in a very miserable marriage of 16 years, or go to the right or left. This was very frightening to me as I had been a stay at home mom, with no skills, all these years. But the desire to be happy and live in peace overrode all those fears. I gave up everything, a beautiful home, incredible car and almost everything. But it was worth it, those things are only that, just things. It's still very tough but me and my little girl live in peace and quiet now and no thing or money can replace that. Hard decision but the right one.

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