Which would you choose, my valued readers??  😕

Money can’t buy happiness – but it makes looking for it a whole lot easier and keeps you a lot more comfortable till it arrives.  As a rock star once said, “You can moor your yacht much closer to it.”

I have been poor and happy – at the very least, contented – all my life.  I’m willing to take a chance on being uncomfortable, sitting on a big pile of hard cash.  I don’t think that I would be like some lottery winners, who blow through a $million or two in a year, and wind up homeless.  With the financial training that I received from my parents, I think that I would be far more rational with a big win.  Someone once told me that I needed professional help.  I replied, “Yeah, a cook, a maid, and a gardener should do it.”


Faint as it is, the chance of winning a big lottery is more likely than finding the perfect job.  I don’t believe that the perfect job exists.  Motivational speakers urge you to, “Follow your heart.  Find a job you love, and you’ll never work a day in your life.  Start your own business.”  Doing What!  I doubt that I can find someone who will pay me to solve crossword puzzles and research German verbs.

And you’re still working for someone.  Even self-employed, you work for yourself –and I make a terrible boss.  The only motivation many of these speakers have, is their income, not yours.  One confided to the wife that he was not making enough money so, counter-intuitively, he raised his rates.  Psychology says that someone who asks for more, must be worth more.  He was getting more gigs, at the higher fee.

This blogging thing is the closest I’ve come to the perfect job, and I still have deadlines, production problems, and surly staff.  Much as I would miss my treasured readers, I would sooner be able to afford to read more, and travel much more, seeing the world in fact, and in print.  I might even have to join Facebook, just so that I could publish pictures of me on the Lido Deck, sipping a Mimosa, eating yoghurt, and holding a copy of Portnoy’s Complaint, in Cozumel.

I would love to shed my Protestant work ethic, and be supported in the way that I want to become accustomed to.  What about you??  Could you be happy, being a lounge act, or do you feel the need to be productive?  And what would your perfect job produce?  😕  😀


  1. Haha I loved your reply about getting professional help! I love to be productive but won’t mind if I get some rest that I want.

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  2. Rivergirl says:

    I’d be perfectly happy to read, blog and sip mimosas … my husband is the opposite and needs to work to feel productive. That’s what makes us the perfect couple!


  3. G. J. Jolly says:

    I’ve tried to think about being rich, but hit a brick wall when I consider contentment at any level. A larger home wouldn’t make me any happier. A more expensive car wouldn’t get me to my destination any faster. Affording expensive clothes wouldn’t make me more attractive. And I certainly wouldn’t be any more approachable if I was rich. Contentment isn’t found in the money you have. As long as I’m not suffering because of a lack of income, I don’t have the need or want for anymore.


    • Archon's Den says:

      Beyond a certain point, most of us don’t really want more money. It’s just a way for the insecure to keep score. Movie stars and sports figures demand higher salaries, just so they can dick-wave and look important. 🙂

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  4. 1jaded1 says:

    Really interesting question, Archon. I’d rather win the lottery, as I don’t think I would fall into the trap of being penniless within years. I don’t think a perfect job exists. That said, I really like my job and would probably stay if I won, at least for awhile. There would be the silent understanding that I didn’t need to stay. Don’t know if that’s good or bad. It just is. Even if I didn’t stay, I would give two weeks of notice. You don’t want to burn your bridges.

    If I left, my big purchases would be two small A frame log cabin lofts (1,000 sf or so). The first would be in Caseville, MI (my Winter home). It would be on Lake Huron. The second would be in the UP of MI (my Summer home). It would be on Lake Superior. I might audit some online classes for fun. Big dreams, eh?

    Hope you are having a fun weekend doing crossword puzzles. 😃


  5. rulesoflogic says:

    Easy answer, I’d take the lottery win. Money may not buy happiness, but with it you can be miserable in comfort.


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