"How you do anything is how you do everything"
When my wife and I were preparing to get married, we meet with our pastor and one of the activities we did was to discover each others love language. These are the five love languages: Words of Affirmation, Gifts, Acts of Service, Quality Time, and Physical Touch. After answering a few questions, my love language was gifts (pretty materialistic I know but this is a judgement free blog so just relax) My wife has stated that she is, "all of them" which I responded with, "that's not allowed". This weeks Mega Millions, Powerball, and Classic Lotto jackpots of course had my mind working on the possibility of gifts I could both give and receive had we won. According to cnbc.com, "The lump sum on Tuesday's $1.54 billion jackpot is $877.8 million. If the as yet unnamed winner (or winners) chooses that option, the total haul will be about $491.7 million, after both federal and state taxes." These are our tickets in the image above, and no we were not the unnamed winners. The question on my mind after seeing the $491.7 million payout was, when is enough, enough?
One of my favorite quotes I share with kids is, "how you do anything is how you do everything." If you are not willing to give to others when you have a little, you will not be willing to give to others when you have a lot. I believe it is important to work hard and take pride in our accomplishments as long as it doesn't become our identity. Winning $491.7 million would certainly create a challenge to not let gifts/money to become my identity. Am I saying that I don't want to win the lottery or work hard to earn more money in my career? NO! I'm saying that being grateful for the gifts I have right now and developing values of service will be "enough". Reflect this week on when is enough, enough? Focus on how you think, serve, and speak to others. How you do anything, is how you do everything!