It’s more rewarding to watching money change the world than to watch it accumulate. Gloria Steinem
I used to watch my savings account and retirement account balances. I used to project how much money I’d have in retirement. Then I’d compare that to how much I think I’d need. Then I’d compare that to how much I’d want. And then I’d compare that to how much other people would have. My calculations left me depressed and envious.
There was no such thing as enough money. No matter how much money I had, no matter how much I could accumulate, I would always want more. There would always be nicer houses, more luxurious trips, and more fabulous lifestyles than I could afford.
Accumulating money was not rewarding for me at all. I’m not saying that it’s not necessary, only that it’s not rewarding.
But giving away money is. When my donation helps a young woman sold into sex slavery escape and start a new life, that’s rewarding. When my donation helps pass legislation that protects the environment, that’s rewarding. When my donation helps a veteran get treatment for PTSD, saves a dog’s life, or gets a child life saving medical care, that’s rewarding.
Give because it balances out accumulating and leads to a more rewarding life.