I love this quote from the movie “Evan Almighty”. This is what Morgan Freeman (as God) said:
If someone prays for patience, you think God gives them patience? Or does he give them the opportunity to be patient? If he prayed for courage, does God give him courage, or does he give him opportunities to be courageous? If someone prayed for the family to be closer, do you think God zaps them with warm fuzzy feelings, or does he give them opportunities to love each other?
I’m always fascinated about destiny and whatever Higher Being whom some people strongly believe. To give a simple illustration, you might encounter some people who seem to always say things that aren’t the most pleasant to hear. But do you wonder why you get to hear these words? Perhaps it was some pre-destined arrangement to forewarn you about some events, or a wake-up call about how you live your life.
Every action you take will indirectly affect someone I stay up late so that I can hear Mayenne’s cries and put her to sleep before Angie hears it and gets up from her bed. I spend time capturing and editing photos so that my clients will see themselves good-looking and perhaps boost their confidence in life. I compose piano music and sell them in CD shops so that someone could buy them and play at home and make their newborn baby sleep better, resulting in better sleep for the parents too.
One of the things I’ve always wanted is to be wealthier. Now I think back and realised that I have been wealthy all my life. I remember a saying from my friend: “If a problem can be solved by money, then it is not a real problem.” Although it sounds like some saying from the triad society, it makes perfect sense.
I need a HDB flat when I got married. I get one by getting a HDB loan and paying the mortgage via CPF.
I need a new car when I got my first kid. I get one by paying cash which I saved over the years.
Wealth is all about yourself. Even if you earn $20,000 a month, you might end up paying for the $3m house loan or the $200,000 luxury car or the $5,000 living expenses.
And in fact, I care about how you feel about your wealth, because, who knows, your state of happiness may indirectly affect mine too.