January 5, 2007
Aspen, CO Colorado
So how much money do you need?
Are you jonesing for an extra $20 so you can get a couple of slices and a Redhook (or three) after skiing? Does baby need a new pair of shoes for school? Or the disco? Maybe you’re trying to close on a fractional at the Hyatt Grand Aspen and would prefer not to finance it. You know, you’d rather pay cash for your two weeks a year.
Woe is us. It seems we all have money troubles in one way or another. Most of us feel that if we just had a little more cash, regardless of our financial situation, that would be enough to solve all the problems. Tie up all the loose ends in our lives. Buy us peace of mind.
And the dollars differ from one person to another. If you run a hedge fund you may have spent the week trying to line up the extra billion in financing to acquire a media company ” one that you just have to have. If you’re loading folks on the lift, your daily goal may be an extra hour of OT so your rent check won’t bounce.
While the goals are worlds apart, they stem from the same motivation. The dash for cash is a universal struggle that plays out daily for most of us.
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Here in the Roaring Fork Valley, money is everywhere. Some’s got it. Some’s don’t. But it is in our faces constantly. From the $35 million jets that idle at Sardy Field, to the multi hundred-acre ranches outside ‘Bonedale, to the lavish nights at our local restaurants. You can always find something that you want, no, need, no matter what the limit on your credit card.
But is the chase worth it? At the end of the day, at the end of our lives, will we be fulfilled by the things we have bought with the effort we have traded for the almighty dollar? A question that borders on the blasphemous, no doubt. Still, it is one we should ask ourselves each day before we blindly go headlong in pursuit of the next dollar so that we can pay the last bill.
I’m not suggesting that anyone quit their job, bounce their rent check or blow up their acquisition deal. It’s just that every once in a while it might do us all good to step aside from the daily grind and look at our goals, our motivations, and, perhaps most important, our needs.
The new year is a time when people take stock. Maybe it’s a good time to spend a minute or two thinking about your financial situation. While you’re at it, consider some wisdom, courtesy of those noted philosophers, the Rolling Stones.
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