I didn't win the lottery.
I know. Shocker, right?
I'm guessing that you were one of the bazillions of people who didn't win either.
Losing the lottery was one of the highlights of my week. Not specifically the losing part. The playing and the losing.
I talk about money all day with my clients and with my students. I love asking hard questions about money. I love asking people what they think about money.
If they love it.
If they want more of it.
I always want to know why.
What would you do with $640 million?
Create an annuity and live off the payments?
Buy a house or 20?
Give your family money?
Help your friends out?
Quit your job?
Build a bunker for zombie armaggedon and stockpile rubber and ammo?
Consistently, what I heard was:
I just wouldn't have to worry anymore.
The weight would just be lifted.
I would be able to breathe.
According to the Los Angeles Times - people in parts of LA stood in line for up to 5 hours just to get a chance to spend their money on a little piece of paper that.
For a few short hours.
Held all their hopes and dreams.
Of not having to worry anymore.
People want to believe in miracles.
They want to believe that a little orange piece of paper can erase their worries.
They want to believe that a string of numbers can completely transform their life.
Well, I've got a miracle for you.
And you don't have to stand in line.
Or pay money.
Or have a 1 in 178,000,000 chance in winning.
This miracle works 100% of the time.
When you stay in this moment.
When you discipline your mind toward gratitude.
When you focus on the here and now.
You will find yourself.
You will find for yourself that you don't have to worry anymore.
You will see that...
Worry is a choice you do not have to make.
And yes, financial worry seems a lot easier to avoid when you have $640 million in your pocket.
At least that's what you might think.
But worry is worry.
And it is available.
But so is peace.
If you practice.