What Would I Do if I have a Million Dollars?
This one million dollar question was the culprit. I found myself being unable to write anything for the past two days, thereby, missing my goal of writing one hub per day for thirty (30) days. Not to worry though, of course, there is time to catch up. But I found myself deep in thought.
Although I already have some ideas on what to do if I have lots of money on my hands, I never really wrote it down. I knew if I was going to write something it better be what I truly want. For I recognize and acknowledge that by declaring it unto the universe, it will be so.
What will I do with a million dollars? My mind and emotions were whirling. Will I spend it? Give it away? Invest? How do I view money at this point in my life? Do I really want this much money in my life?
And there was even a point when my mind suddenly went blank and refused to answer the question. I felt pretty weird and somehow restless.
In school, I went about my work still evading the question. At home, I tried starting a hub with a new topic but it was a futile endeavor. Somehow I knew I needed to answer this and I had to reflect as to why I was hesitating. And I never had that much money in my entire life. In a flash, I recalled my vow as a young girl witnessing miserable and broken relationships as they fought over money matters. “I’m going to grow up and live a simple life. I will never let money get in the way of relationships.”But my experiences the past few years have drastically changed my views about money. That money can actually be a tool to help people. That it can help rebuild lives!
4 C's of Giving - Money Options
Here is my own classification of money giving:
1. Cause- use the money for a cause like supporting cancer research or earth hour.
2. Charity--donate to charities like helping kids get an education or giivng aid to typhoon, flood and or earthquake victims.
3. Creating Opportunities-- using the money to build institutions to have job opportunities and work options.
4. Comfortable Lifestyle-- provisions for the family and the self so one can live a decent and comfortable lifestyle.Also includes being able to fulfill one's personal goals and dreams like traveling and such.
After much contemplation, here is what I will do if I have one million dollars:
Ten percent (10%) of the one million dollars would be my emergency fund to help people who need it, anytime, no questions asked. I remember dad sharing with me the stories of a close family friend, who is a doctor in our hometown. He used to keep in his wallet a fifty pesos bill with the intention of giving it away. He did give it away. To poor folks who needed the additional cash to buy medicines or food or even fare in going home. I’d like to be able to do that too.Twenty percent (20%) of the one million dollars would be my personal savings. I have learned that part of loving myself is taking care of myself. I still intend to live a simple yet comfortable lifestyle; but I’d like to have my own house with a garden, fulfill my bucket list and provide for my needs without my family worrying over my future.Seventy percent (70%) of the one million dollars would be to create opportunities for a cause. I’d like to invest the money so that money would continue to flow and grow. I’d like to teach people how to fish rather than just give them fishes. I’d like to build establishments so people can have job or work..
One of my personal mission in life is to make our preschool, Dynamic Minds Learning House, flourish. Our vision is to have our own lot and building so we no longer need to rent. Also, we want it to be financially stable so we could take care of our staff and teachers, making sure that they receive good salary along with benefits so they could continually provide for their families. Most of them long to have their own houses and I’d like to be able to help them fulfill their dreams. We also would like to build a library and a reading center to help children build reading literacy.
Daisy and I would like to build two institutions: A healing center and a theater. The healing center is where we continue to do healing work as well as give workshops and seminars to help people live a loving and abundant life. This is a place where people can go and relax, meditate and de-stress. On the other hand, Daisy’s other passion lies in directing and training people in the musical theater arts. I’d like to support her in this endeavor since I myself saw the value of how theater arts can indeed develop character and can also be a form of therapy.
The last one is to build a Child’s Kingdom. I’d like to have one in our city. Well, it can be a tourist attraction, perfect for children to go on field trips as well as shopping, relaxing and having fun with the entire family. It is my little version of DisneyLand with a twist. This will provide job opportunities and likewise is an investment so I could make money flow and grow.
Some say a million dollars seems so little now...
As I end this hub, I found myself shaking my head and smiling. I’m such a serious soul! There is a tiny part of me that is whispering, “Hey, don’t you just want to bring the crisp dollars, pack it in a red luggage, ride on a blue airplane and fly into the sunkist sky to wherever life will lead you?” For a moment, I’m tempted. But then, no! These are my dreams and to see them come true will be a joy on its own.
So now I await with love and abundance!
By: Michelle Simtoco
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