By: Dividend Sensei
After all if you’re in stuck in a hole the first step in getting out is to stop digging it deeper. Over the worst year of my life, psychologically, spiritually, and financially, I learned to subsist on nothing; sometimes literally. In fact I once had to go a month without eating, and thus learned to never take food for granted or turn down a free meal with family and friends. That’s because free food is something no amount of money can buy.
Ultimately I managed to claw my way out of the darkness and into the light. But even now that I’m so much better off, I’ve never forgotten the lessons I learned from what I call my “great tribulation”. That’s why I cherish my family and friends so much, but most of all my dog, puppy. Because at the end of the day a dog makes no economic sense, logically speaking. Dogs don’t work for us these days. They don’t hunt, don’t guard us, don’t really provide anything tangible. In fact we provide THEM food, shelter, and all the essentials.
But the truth of owning a dog is that what they do offer, positive affirmation and unconditional love, is truly priceless. Puppy doesn’t care how much I make, or how my portfolio did this week. He doesn’t worry over politics, the markets, or anything for that matter. Puppy has become my spiritual guru because of the way he just relishes the simple things in life. His greatest pleasures in life are: licking a bowl, going for a walk, and cuddling in my lap.
He only asks that I be a good person, and then gives me something that no amount of money can buy; love and a sense of emotional security. In other words, the knowledge that no matter how bad things get in life, he will never willfully betray or harm me. Don’t get me wrong, people are essential in life. But the ones we love are the ones that can hurt us the most. In contrast a dog will never betray you but always live up to his/her end of the deal. Loyal companionship in exchange for being a kind, caring, and gentle person. Or to put another way, love in exchange for being lovable.
That is why I will never be without a dog again. Because no matter how crazy my career gets, puppy (and future dogs), will always remind me of what truly matters in life. And more importantly that the real purpose of amassing wealth is so that we can ultimately give it away to help those we care about. Puppy is a constant reminder of what Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius say, “The only wealth you’ll keep forever is the wealth you give away”.