Saturday, May 2, 2015

MY VIEW #68 - "I Won!!" Wow! - So What?

If there were no "losers" there would be no winners. The losers are also "winners," they try their very best and succeed, by coming in 1/1000 of a second after the others. 1/100 or 1/1000 of a second, what does that say? It takes longer than that to blink. They are all winners in my book and should be told so.

It is very nice, and a great pleasure to win a prize. Not earth-shaking or bulletin material, and we soon forget. We have all won small prizes at some time in our lives, a colouring prize, a school prize, a short trip or a bigger trip, but it doesn't change our lives. What really changes many lives is the "really big winner," the 10, 20 or 30 million dollar winner, who only bought a ticket. What a dreadful thing it must be to be on the receiving end of one of those tickets. I have bought the odd ticket years ago won $5, and now I don't. I appreciate the money I have and take care of it, it is too hard to earn, to throw it away.

So I donate to church and charities, as I can, and feel happy doing so. Too much money spoils a life, when money is more important and destructive. Money gives power, power causes trouble, I try to stay away from it. So I feel like I am the winner, I'm old, have a small income, small home, beautiful family and good friends, and a "winner" by 20 years. So slow as I am, I've done my very best and "I am a winner."

This is the last of my ramblings, have a happy life, my darlings.

Your loving mother
xxx

Mom had very mixed views on money. She loved to give it away, despite her claims that too much money is a bad thing, and was cautioned by a number of people who knew, that she was not aware of how little she had left. She was always generous, but I recall a time my father told me that he had to keep control over the finances, because Mom simply spent it all. Curious how that conflicts with what she says here.

There are several places in her writings where she announces it is her last writing. But she always kept it up, until a couple of years before she died. She had more in her than she knew.