Money is Expensive

Book Discussion

After finishing Geneen Roth's Lost and Found: One Woman's Story of Losing Her Money and Finding Her Life, I had a whole lot of thoughts about money floating in my head. I think there's one that will stick with me for a long, long time and that's the idea that we pay for money, and it's expensive.

"Money is expensive -- we pay for it with moments that will never come again -- and then toss those moments away as if they have nothing to do with us. As if there were no connection between the numbers in our bank accounts or retirement funds and the hours of our lives we spent training, struggling, community at our desks and away from our families. p. 182

The idea that we pay for money with moments is something that I've kind of thought about before. I didn't think about it exactly in those terms but my thoughts have gone in the same direction. I think many of us have as we struggle for that ever elusive thing called "balance." I've left jobs because the balance got way too out of whack. I've encouraged my husband to seek new employment when his work was making him unhappy and that unhappiness was making it harder for him to enjoy himself when he wasn't working. We carry our jobs around with us, even when we are not working.

My husband and I are both not so good at not working. I've been forced to step back from the computer more often due to some wrist issues. Quite simply, if I want to keep doing the work that I enjoy doing, I really do have to spend less time at the computer to give my wrist a proper break. The evenings I used to spend on the couch with my computer on my lap? I can't do those (often) anymore. Even knowing that, it's still hard to pull away.

piggybank looking at computer

Credit: Images of Money on Flickr

But I don't think we toss the moments away when we work those extra hours. Neither of us grew up with a lot of money. Our parents worked hard and they kept food on the table, but it wasn't always easy. We know that we are incredibly lucky to do things we love and make a comfortable living doing it. We feel fortunate that we can go on vacation or spend an afternoon on our deck not doing much of anything, just like we did this past Sunday. I'm not going to lie and tell you we don't check email on vacation or work on the weekends. We do. We're aware of it, though, and we're aware that it's taking us out of that personal time. Sometimes it is the price that we need to pay in order to have the lives we do, and I think we appreciate our time off even more because of it.

I know that that money-work-life balance is hard for many of us. I know many people have sacrificed money in order to spend more times with their families. I know others who feel like they are losing out on those family moments because they must work.

Do you think we pay for money in moments? Do you think it's a high price to pay?

BlogHer Book Club Host Karen Ballum also blogs at Sassymonkey and Sassymonkey Reads.

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