What makes the world go round? Does Love make the world go round or does money make the world go round? My tongue in cheek answer would be Love of Money makes the world go round.
It’s true the best things in life are free, but it’s also true that we live in a materialistic world that keeps us preoccupied with things. It’s like two parallel universes. The world of love moves at a pace slow enough to be enjoyed with heartfelt gratitude, while the world driven by money moves rapidly with the motto “time is money.”
The world of love puts family first, living as though they have more time than money. They might prepare their meals instead of going to restaurants; rear their children rather than employing daycare, and actually having family conversations at the dinner table. Their family unit is cohesive; children contribute to the household by performing tasks and sharing their talents and skills. Children have time for social activities after their chores are completed but they must assume responsibility for their transportation — via a bicycle.
In the world of money, which is more familiar to each of us, regardless of our values families are viewed as consumers. Meals are on the go, both parents work, and kids are too busy to have responsibilities at home, after-all they are only young once. And teens are rarely inconvenienced by sharing a vehicle with other family members or required to choose between two extracurricular activities if there’s a way to do both. In this familiar world opportunities abound with telemarketers offering the promise of money enough to satisfy all of our desires. Advertisements appear in the newspapers, on the radio, as well as, the computer and television. We are bombarded, almost victimized with enticements designed for us to buy. Possessions are depicted as the path to happiness and when we don’t retain that feeling of happiness we feel defective. We reach for the next purchase hoping it will complete ourselves, that it will be the thing that fills the emptiness within. It becomes a vicious circle because although money cannot buy happiness it can appease us for a short time.
In the world driven by money nothing is free, we buy minutes for a portable phone, we either buy monthly cable, satellite television, and/or radio even though we don’t have time for these luxuries. We buy the latest fades in technology as well as fashion. We buy supplements and vitamins because fast food has very little nutritional value and because there’s not enough time to make or sit down to a home cooked meal. We hire a help for our cleaning and maintenance issues. But best of all we are constantly looking for the best deals to stretch our dollars so we can afford to buy even more things that we either don’t have time to enjoy or don’t need.
Most of us want the best of both worlds. We want to live in love and be loved, we want to focus on our family, friends and faith but we also want enough money to give our loved ones a better life, one that is filled with possibilities. Possibilities which are unlocked by money. Consequently many of us need our parents (grandparents) to bridge the gap between both worlds. Grandparents are often called upon to watch the kids after school, to perhaps feed them, help them with their homework, and get them to and from their activities. Grandparents make it possible for the parents to earn a paycheck and lower expenses while raising a family.
Oddly enough, in today’s hectic, chaotic world we still become bored and we remedy boredom by shopping; either physically or online. When we become stressed we treat ourselves to a massage, manicure, or countless other pampering alternatives with little consideration towards quietly resting, which costs nothing. Sometimes it seems like wisdom is lost within our busyness.
The truth is most of us do not appreciate what we have until it’s gone. In one way or another we are all searching for love and acceptance, but often we don’t know where to find it or what it even feels like. Often we are afraid to leave the lifestyle we know for one we don’t know and more importantly we don’t know how to change. When we are accustomed to being busy we have a difficult time slowing down. If we are accustomed to having money enough it is difficult to sacrifice an income for time, especially when those that have an abundance of time envies the fast pace life and all its trappings. We don’t control the world however it is possible for the world to control us. In the end, no one ever dies wishing they had more money, instead they come to know and long for the things money could not buy; time, peace, love, happiness.
Tonight, Versailles Christian Center is hosting a Wine and Canvas Benefit. If you’re interested in attending contact Amy Denlinger at 526-4679 to see if there is room still available.
Today from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m.- noon the American Legion has a garage and bake sale at the Vet’s Club on the corner of South Center and West Wood streets.
Sunday at 2 p.m., Neal Brady of the Miami Erie Canal Corridor Association will speak at the Versailles Museum. Mr. Brady will share stories of the towns and villages that sprang up along the canal.
Next week the Versailles Musical “Beauty and the Beast” begins. Tickets are scarce, but still available. Don’t delay on making your plans!
Happy birthday to Sandee Detrick, Brad Holzapfel, Kay Holfinger, Ted Blakeley, Brian Voisard, Boots Groff, Chase Monnin, Donna DeMange, Fred Bruns, Jeremy Riley, Greg Zechar, Joelle York, Kay Holfinger, Todd Dammeyer, Lucy Hole, Deb Kauffman, Dan Bentley, Holly Hill, Kelly Luthman, Paige Collins, Lisa Schemmel, Julie Deeter, Alli Eiting, Shiela Coffield, Rick Voisard, Renee Barga, Marlene Puthoff, Rose Baker, Matthew Knapke, Roxie Earick, Janel Tumbush, Betty Norris, Connie Miller, Angie Ruhenkamp, Jeanne Osterfeld, Michael Schmitmeyer, and Eileen Dapore as their birthdays approach, as well as, anniversary wishes to Traci and Chad Monnin (16), Nikki and Dusty Nealeigh (26), Connie and Ted Schmitmeyer (50), Janet and Fred Banks (51), Joan and Bob Ruschau (52), and Rosemary and Floyd Monnin (52).
Healing prayers and get well wishes for Larry Hemmelgarn (shoulder surgery), Todd Richhart, Marcia Davidson, Evelyn Simons, Delores Williams, Ray Francis, Kenny Stachler, Linda Wilson, Sam Yagle, David Zumberger, Lois Youngker, Brian Voisard, Megan Knapke, Lester Bernholt, Cyril Frantz, Norma Magoto, Marvin Godwin, Dave Francis, Ann Paulus Pedersen, Joe Bailey, Dan Monnin, John Davis, Carl Drees, Dave Magoto, Bob Homan, Eileen Rahm, Cyril Voisard, Wayne Pittsenbarger, Jim Youngker, Isabella Yakos, Barb and Jon Agne, Samantha Smith, Michelle Ullom, the hospitalized, homebound and all those dealing with any of life’s many challenges who are in need of our prayers but not mentioned by name. Thanks to the prayer-medics, caregivers, volunteers, medical staff, and those that visit, send flowers or cards to those in need of positive support.
Sincere sympathy to the family and friends of Ronald Bergman (61) and Tecla Heitkamp (78), also remembering the lives of Helen Hemmelgarn, Beverly Didier, Carl Teeter, Tony Monnin, Jim Copeland, Cecilia Subler, Bec Arling, Kenny Eiting, Brian Delk, Terry Nieport, Virginia Thomas, Ruth Francis and all those not mentioned by name as the anniversary of their passing nears.
“Empty pockets never held anyone back. Only empty heads and empty hearts can do that.” ~Norman Vincent Peale
“Money never made a man happy yet, nor will it. There is nothing in its nature to produce happiness. The more a man has, the more he wants. Instead of filling a vacuum, it makes one.” ~Benjamin Franklin
“That man is richest whose pleasures are cheapest.” ~Henry David Thoreau
Kathy Magoto is a volunteer citizen columnist, who serves The Daily Advocate readers weekly with her weekly Versailles community column. She can be reached at email@example.com or at 526-3798. Feel free to contact her with Versailles news and tidbits. Viewpoints expressed in the article are the work of the author. The Daily Advocate does not endorse these viewpoints or the independent activities of the author.