Walking back from the cafeteria today, feeling bad that I just paid $7 for an overpriced sandwich and feeling poor, I started thinking about why that’s made me feel this way. I thought back to a blog entry by Ben Casnocha I read this morning where he links to Andrew Sullivan’s This I Believe: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness essay on NPR. In it, Andrew says:
I believe in the pursuit of happiness. Not its attainment, nor its final definition, but its pursuit. I believe in the journey, not the arrival; [...]
It occurs to me that while I’m not tremendously wealthy in monetary terms, I think I’ve figured out how to make money. While I often struggle to pay bills, I’ve always been able to make enough to never have to “go without” the essentials, and even many luxuries by common standards. What I’ve never really spent much time doing is figuring out how to enjoy money. I don’t mean spending it — trust me, I think I’ve got that one mastered, too. But, I mean, how to spend it so that I feel good about it, not badly about it like I did just a few minutes ago. Since I’m new to this, I really don’t have much to say about it, but I know everything starts with mindset. So, I’m going to start changing mine.
This might be an overpriced sandwich, but it’s the best overpriced $7 sandwich I’ve ever had.