Counting My Blessings and Not My Pennies, For A Change

by Silicon Valley Blogger on 2007-11-229

This day there’s quite a lot to be thankful for. Within the context of this blog, I’d like to thank all our readers, subscribers and other fellow bloggers and web publishers who come by to visit as well as to share their thoughts on the topics of finance, business and self development.

Looking at the much bigger picture, my reflections on what I’d like to be thankful for once more settled on things I find irreplaceable. Writing about personal finance makes you think a lot about money: how to find more of it, how to manage it and how to keep more of it. But money is a replaceable asset, a distant second to many other things that we all wish we could permanently have and forever keep, but which we only end up receiving in what seemingly feels like short, sporadic periods throughout our lives.

That’s what I’m grateful for, these invaluable things that make life wonderful and that are only too fleeting [since life is temporary]:

Positive Relationships

We all don’t have perfect relationships but our connections evolve with time. Some relationships unfortunately aren’t meant to be, but there are so many others that are fulfilling. I may not have always gotten along well with my family as a younger person but today, it’s a whole different story especially now that I’m a parent myself. We all face conflicts in our relationships but those that grow stronger usually are those that have been sorely tested somehow.

Smiley Face

Photo by Alexander Rist

Good Health

As I age, I realize more and more that things aren’t as they used to be. After a setback, I just don’t bounce back as easily as I used to, and with the last several years being tougher than the previous ones have been, having had children late and living a stressful life that is partially encouraged by a Type A personality, I’ve become more acutely aware that one’s health is something to highly value and monitor carefully. This is one of the reasons I’ve decided to slow down significantly in the next year or so — to guard my health more judiciously than I’ve done in the past. Already, I’m concerned that chronic conditions are beginning to develop though these can still be staved off by a balanced, healthy lifestyle.

Time Well Spent

We all know the popular adages that “time is money” and “life is short”, which I’ve proclaimed here on more than a few occasions. In reality, we can look at our time as being the limited resource, while money is one that you can always generate and renew. Time, once passed, is gone forever. The best we can do is to try to live and spend our time well, embracing whatever it is fate throws at us. Time well spent doesn’t just allude to the good times you experience once you’re on top of your world, but also the time spent in the journey towards that very goal. I’m grateful for the struggle and the success — it’s what living is all about.


Predictably, I catch myself thinking many of the same thoughts every year. I actually find myself channeling these reflections on a regular basis, feeling that time just flies by so fast that I wish I could just have a little more of it to savor. Still I’m glad I’m able to find the time and opportunity to sit back and dwell on all the bounties we’ve received, usually during my long commutes or right before drifting off to sleep.

I’m thankful for the year that passed and for this chance to share my musings with you all.

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{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

curiousgeorge November 22, 2007 at 9:06 am

When you are chronically poor, money is NOT a replaceable asset. Or it might be replaceable, but not in time to save you.

Silicon Valley Blogger November 22, 2007 at 9:42 am

CuriousGeorge, I agree that the perspectives of the poor and those not poor are quite different in this regard. When you have enough, you may not assign the same value to money as someone who struggles daily. But what I mean to say here is that money is within your control to make and generate….time, however is limited and once it passes, it’s over with; it is not within your control to get it back.

Perspectives are very different when you’re young vs when you’re older. When you’re younger, you don’t tend to think of time as a scarce resource. You just seem to have a lot of it. Fast forward to middle age and you may have a different opinion.

On the other hand, though limited as well, money at least is something you have the power to generate — granted that it takes work and luck to make it happen (at least initially, since money can grow on its own if you harness it well).

When I’m old and gray, I can theoretically say “I can make more money” but I won’t be able to claim “I have more time.”

Mrs. Micah November 23, 2007 at 10:12 am

Even chronically poor people like my in-laws (who have now moved up to very lower middle class–after about 20 years of being quite poor) value time and togetherness more than money. Then again, they had years to realize that whether they had money for groceries that week or not, they still had each other.

J.C. Carvill December 7, 2007 at 7:55 am

As according to my understanding, the reason of why people said that ‘time is money’ is because when something (time, that is) has always been a constantly scarce resource, there will be some costs (money, that is) required as trade-off in order to keep the time from depleting faster than it should.

J.C. Carvill

Soyel July 14, 2009 at 8:28 pm

You’re certainly not improving your health while writing blog posts.

Silicon Valley Blogger July 15, 2009 at 12:10 am

You’re certainly not improving your health while writing blog posts.

Neither are you, commenting on blog posts. 😉

Drew Lawson January 5, 2010 at 9:58 am

Ahhh, this was really a quality post. In theory I’d like to write like this too — taking the time and real effort to make a good article… but what can I say… I procrastinate a lot and never seem to get something done.

Silicon Valley Blogger June 22, 2012 at 8:54 am

By gaining perspective, you’ll feel better about your plight. Even those who may consider themselves “poor” in this country, are actually NOT, based on wealth standards for the world. You can read about how we belong to the top 1% in this article. As I’ve mentioned many times, the perception of wealth is all relative. Once we put things in perspective, we realize it’s not all that bad.

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