There is a constant misconception between the true value and monetary value of money. A wise man will tell you that money is an inanimate object. It’s paper and only has value because we gave it value. Everyday, we spend some amount of time thinking about how to get more of it. Have you taken the time to see exactly how much money is worth? It only costs 12 cents to manufacture a 100 dollar bill. With that in perspective, we almost feel cheated. If the currency were to change today leaving the US Dollar worthless, how would you react?
Not that money isn’t important or that we should completely ignore its value, but money is taking over many social aspects that it shouldn’t. One of which we see every time we go out to eat. Gratuity. Gratuity originates from the word gratitude which, by definition, is the quality of being thankful. Gratitude usually takes form when showing appreciation by demonstrating an act of kindness. Our problem, is that gratitude has lost its true value. When you are paying your restaurant bill, you will find a percentage below the cost of your dinner which calculates how much your tip is, down to the penny. Although the pre-calculated tips create an ease of transaction for both you and your server, they lack the heartwarming experience of tipping what you actually feel they deserve despite the cost of the meal.
The point is that money is not all that its hyped up to be. Money will never be able to buy true happiness, no matter how you put it. As mentioned in the title of this blog post, money is only temporary while time shows true and everlasting monetary value. Take, for instance, the homeless. You could give one a $20 bill and see them smile for a moment or maybe even a little longer. Not that giving them a little more than the average person wouldn’t be a blessing to them, but realistically that money will disappear by the end of the week. What if you offered to take them out for a simple $10 lunch so that you could actually learn a little about their life? I can almost assure you that this will spark a heartwarming experience that both of you will remember for a long time. Moral of the story, don’t live a systematic life that is ran by transactions. Instead, focus on interactions!