"Have you thought about writing your family history, but found yourself stuck from the start? Writing a family narrative can be a daunting task, but Karen Jones Gowen found a way to bring her mother's story to life." (Homespun Magazine)

Thursday, July 28, 2011

It's Either Time or Money

Yesterday I had a conversation with a son who needed to get something and I was telling him a less-expensive place to purchase it. He said, "It's not the money, it's just finding the time to go make the purchase."

This got me to thinking about the excuses we all make. With some people, it's time, others it is money.

Larry H. Miller was one of the wealthiest businessmen in Salt Lake, owner of the Utah Jazz and numerous car dealerships. Yet a few years ago he died in his fifties of complications of diabetes. People who knew him said, "He never took the time to take care of himself." He had plenty of money for medical care, but neglected getting it due to being too busy. Diabetes is one of those illnesses where you MUST take proper care of yourself, with diet, exercise and regular medical care or it will kill you.

Think of all the joys in life we neglect because of "no time" or "no money." I have learned that those are nothing more than convenient excuses. There are ways and means to accomplish goals without an abundance of either. Sometimes it takes creative thinking, sometimes asking for help from others, sometimes just focus and determination.

Your comments on my last post about Simple Pleasures shared many ways to be happy, and most of them did not require much time or money. Anyone who thinks they don't have enough time or money for whatever should go back and read those comments.


  1. You're right, of course. Sometimes we have to stop and remind ourselves of what really should be the priorities in our lives.

  2. I need to slide Billy Banks into the DVD playa tomorrow Karen. Did you really have to go there....LOL

  3. Wendy, Are you talking about the song "If you got the money, honey, I got the time"? Because I think of Willie Nelson when I hear that line.

  4. There are times when I can feel overwhelmed and have to make an effort to stop....take a breath and smell the roses metaphorically speaking. Make the time.

  5. The best things in life are free! :-) Take care

  6. Brilliant and true!

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