Friday, June 8, 2012

conversation with the postman

i've written a few thoughts about money lately. HERE & HERE (& even HERE within the context below.)

so, when i was reading my buddy Scott's blog recently i was really intrigued by his post. it's about money, but it's changing the subject from what i've been writing about money. it's a different kind of conversation. and it is brilliant (in a sneaky sort of way).

Scott is a brilliant guy. getting his doctorate right now, but that's not what makes him brilliant. he could be teaching those classes. this guy's brain works in fascinating ways.

he's a great writer too. he has written posts here on renown several times. his writing style is different than mine and obviously more polished, but he has an ability to be transparent, raw, and authentic at the same time.

btw - i asked Scott for permission to post this, of course, but in the conversation i never asked if the postman is a literal postman or even a literal, real person or not. i guess you can attempt to interpret that for yourself.
hopefully i'll actually get to sit down with Scott up in NY this month if our schedules sync up. maybe we can talk more about this.

maybe you have found yourself having these types of conversations with a "postman" of your own?

Postman by Scott Grace

The postman told me that money can’t buy happiness. 

I told him I sure doubt that’s the case. 

I have yet to see a rich person sad for having come upon a large sum of money. The only crying is a happy sort of crying. 

The postman assured me that with more money comes more problems, 

but I assured him that if my worst problems were what to do with all my money then I would be ok with that. 

The postman never seems to care that money is what pays for his service and his service pays his rent and buys his food and cares for his young children. The postman always seems to preach that life is not measured by the number of zero’s in your bank account. I have never seen more than five zero’s in my bank account including the cents, but I promised the postman that if there was a time in my life when I saw ten zero’s in my bank account then I would certainly feel a measure of satisfaction and perhaps some sort of success. 

The postman assured me that money is like a bird, and soon flies away. 

But I told the postman that I would much rather watch money fly away than never be able to watch it fly away. 

I guess the postman thinks that money is somewhat overrated. 

I kind of sympathize with the postman, but I sure would like to know money problems, how much happiness money can buy, and how it feels to see a lot of zero’s in my bank account. 

I trust the postman though, seems to have a good sense of things, especially when it comes to money.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I agree with the postman. I work for some people who have millions of dollars and they are not happy.

I see how much effort it takes them to enjoy what they have and they worry constantly about taking care of their stuff. They have to spend more money to hire others to take care of their possesions. I see how stingy they can be with their money and very oblivious to other people's cares.

I am not rich in money at all. I wouldn't mind having a little more money to pay off my debts and helping others but I am happy the way I am now. I have seen God provide in amzing ways in my lifetime and I need God. These people I work for do not see their need for God. I know better.

I think it is great if people have lots of money as long as it used for the right purposes.