Have you ever gotten some money wet? How about ripped a dollar bill by accident? Even if you haven’t in sure you can imagine it. And you know in those moments how easily money can be rendered useless.
(And yeah, I know we’re all using plastic for everything now. Just bear with me.)
Money is printed on slightly-thicker-than-normal paper. Aside from what’s printed on it, that paper is pretty useless; you couldn’t sell it to anyone. The US government prints money every day and the only worth it has is our belief and confidence in it. Without that, money is nothing at all.
Now, don’t get me wrong. Money is a useful tool in pretty much any endeavor — you can do more with it than without it, for the most part. It’s a good scoreboard in business. Many issues that come up can be solved by throwing some money at them. And I like money just as much, if not more, than you or anyone else that was raised in the capitalistic society that is the United States of America.
As strong as it is, we often allow money to be our weakness, though. How many times have you or someone you know of, not taken action because you felt you needed more money to move your body, mouth, or mind? How many times have you done something you didn’t really want to do because you knew there was money to be made from doing it? Did you regret it? How many times have you heard of someone doing something utterly ridiculous, just for money?
Conversely, how many times have you lost a significant (for you) amount quickly? How many times have you made a significant amount just as quickly or unexpectedly? Money comes and goes that way.
Money is not a loved one or a trusted friend. Money is not time or oxygen. It can be replaced and lost and earned and bartered, and the government can always print a bit more if you need it.
There are only a few things in this life that cannot be replaced. Time cannot be recovered and loved ones don’t get printed every day. To be truly valuable, offer people something they could not possibly get anywhere else.