So, I’m standing in line at the liquor store, holding 2 bottles of a Chardonnay on sale for $3.99. (Who can refuse a bargain like that?)
An elderly woman is paying the clerk. Behind her, in front of me, a scruffy guy with a bottle of Jack Daniels fumbles with the Lottery machine.
“Maybe I’ll win,” he says to no one in particular.
I say, remembering an article I read, “Did you hear about the couple who won a $20 million lottery and gave it all away because they didn’t want it?”
The elderly woman whips her head up and says: “I’d give it away too. What would I do with $20 million?”
And the scruffy guy agrees: “So would I. Hell, I’d probably just spend it all on booze anyway.”
Refusing the temptation to ask him why, then, he was buying a lottery ticket, I declared: “Not me. I’d give some of it away, but there’s a lot I could do with that money.”
You’d think I told them I was about to shoot the Pope. There was a collective gasp, a look of shock, and for a split second, I actually felt ashamed of wanting millions.
And then I realized—People are about as rich as they want to be. For many, wealth is more a burden than a blessing.
But the real epiphany came when I turned to the woman behind me, and asked what she’d do.
“My first thought,” she said, “was I’d have enough money to paint my house.” Then she chuckled. “It just occurred to me how small I was thinking. I mean, I could buy a bigger house with that money. Maybe I need to start thinking bigger.”
Maybe we all need to start thinking bigger! So, in the spirit of thinking bigger, ask yourself: What would I do if I won a $20 million lottery?
Want bonus points? Answer this: What steps can I start taking now to bring those dreams to life…even if I never win a lottery???
I’m betting you, my readers, will have a different reaction than the liquor store patrons. Am I right? Let me know in the comments below.
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