An interesting conversation ensued:
Me: You sure you are poor??
Colleague: Of course!!
Me: If I were to give you half a million dollars, would you give me your arm?
Colleague: No lah!
Me: Okok, what about a million dollars for your eyes? Good deal right?
Colleague: 2 millions I also won’t give!
Me: You are very rich what! Give you 2 million also don’t want!!
Recently I just had my medical check up and I was given a clean bill of health. It made me thankful that I do not have to worry about my well being and potential hefty medical bills. If you have read about Chew Chor Meng, I am sure he is willing to give up all his fortune in exchange for good health.
Counting my blessings
With the financial crisis unfolding with no end in sight, Singapore is bracing for -5% growth. Seriously, life for me has not changed much other than feeling poorer. I still have my regular gym exercise and weekly restaurant indulgence. In fact, I just went for my spa today and will be signing up for a new package when it expires in March.
Although I do not exactly love my job and bosses, I still command a decent income and stable job which will allow me to afford my $800 monthly Masters tuition fees comfortably.
My parents are still alive and in good health.
My car is still in good shape and the major cost incurred so far is changing the 3 year old battery. It still sprints like a jaguar every time I floor the accelerator.
I do not have a legal suit to bother me.
My bills are all paid on time and I am not in debt.
I have no relationship problems to bother me and can sleep like a log daily.
I have clean water conveniently from the tap.
I bath with heated water and sleep in air con room.
Is life really that bad?
Yes, everyone is expecting the recession to be really bad, but do stop feeling down and complain about life. Have life really changed for you? Or are you just bothered by the numbers in your bank and CDP account?
No point blaming yourself for incurring losses. We know the market will recover in time to come. Rather, take some time off and look at things that you have forgotten during your pursuit of wealth.
Money really is just numbers in one’s account. I wouldn’t spend much more if STI is 4,000 now or 1000 tomorrow.
The only noticeable difference is between “feeling rich” and “feeling poor”.
But remember, life is not merely about numbers. Try to look beyond that and magnify your optimism.
So do not feel that it is the end of the world. Life can still be great if you choose it to be!
Wishing my readers a happy Chinese new year!