By now most of us will admit to having bought a ticket. Maybe we even bought many tickets. How could we not buy one? The allure is intoxicating. Winning the biggest Powerball Lottery in history and becoming a billionaire. Living the dream…
We have all thought about and talked about how we would spend this money. New house, pay our bills, give to charity, help out our family members, start a business, and pay for college—did I capture your dream yet? The item on the top of my big win list is a 3-bedroom apartment in Manhattan. Oh, and all the other stuff on the list above! With millions I can own the world! I will just buy it, right? Utopia!
Maybe not, because the statistics regarding big winners and their overall happiness do not reflect this new found “perfection.” Too often, these big wins end in even bigger problems. So, what is the hook? Is it just the idea of being a millionaire? Or, is the seduction seeped in the idea of capturing our dreams themselves even more important and more compelling than the money is? Don’t get me wrong. Money is a wonderful thing to have. Yet, it only buys us “things” not values, possessions not relationships, shiny objects not love or friendship. The work involved in making our lives tick, the tenacity we need to endure and withstand change, growth, and adversity still remains. Money does not make us better people or the best people we can be. We need to do that work ourselves with or without the millions.
While I wish everyone luck and good fortune in today’s drawing, I cannot help but suggest that many of the dreams and ideals that a big cash flow can fund are actually available to every one of us on some level regardless of whether we win the Powerball. This big Powerball Lottery promotes something really wonderful. It forces us each to think about the possibilities in our lives. It creates a mindset in which we are planning, contemplating, taking action on what we most want to do. The money may be a catalyst in order to physically accomplish our more hefty goals, but at their foundation, these goals and desires we have, in light of this big lottery, belong to each of us at no extra cost.
So, if at the top of my list is a bright, shiny apartment in Manhattan, it would stand to reason that even without that Powerball win, my goal is still to spend more time in the city. Whether I win or not, I can still accomplish that goal. The same is true for many of the goals and dreams that you may have allowed yourself to think about. You may not be able to give money to a charity, but you can volunteer at one. You may not be able to buy that big new house, but maybe you can paint and spruce up the one you are in. You may not be able to pay for college in cash, but you can take classes, even if on line, at any time.
Hold onto that dream. With it, you already have the winning ticket. Lean into the possibilities of what may come next in your life by listening to your own intuition. You have so many of your own answers and they are all free of charge…you just need to listen.
This lottery gives you so much power in your choices, so much potential in your tomorrows. We are all winners!