One of the chief struggles of people today is a question that everyone wonders about. Do I have enough? But at the root of this question is an even more important question. What is enough?
Does that mean enough to retire on? There are retirement calculators all around the internet that can do the math for you and figure out if you have enough to retire on. That gives you a set goal to reach for and try to make a plan for achieving.
Does that mean enough to “feel secure”? If you don’t feel secure in your money, there are a few options. Firstly, building an emergency fund. A few months’ worth of expenses should be enough to get you by if something were to happen. Second, and more important, is insurance. After all, the point of different types of insurance is to take care of you if something happens. Car insurance is to help you out after getting into a crash. Life insurance is to take care of your loved ones if something tragic were to happen. Health insurance is there to take care of you if a medical emergency comes up. But again, this isn’t really what people are looking for when they ask “Do I have enough?”
Really, the problem is that enough will never be enough. As a matter of fact, there’s an ancient proverb that says, “Whoever loves money never has enough.” Without the right attitude about money, there will never be enough of it. The single most important skill for anyone to learn is the ability to simply be content with what they have. “Earthly riches are like the reed. Its roots are sunk deep in the swamp and its exterior is fair to behold; but inside it is hollow.” Money will never be able to fill the hole.
Worrying about money can be a good thing, in moderation. If you have a family, it’s not just good, but it is your responsibility to be concerned about how you’re going to put food on the table and keep everyone safe. But at the same time, after five houses, three boats, and a garage full of antique cars, worrying about having enough money isn’t nearly as important. Having money is not a bad thing. Spending money is not a bad thing. But money will never be enough to fill the void that fills every human heart.