Me: What if we didn’t have to pay bills?
Friend: blank stare
Me: No, seriously, what if we didn’t have to pay bills?
Very funny Well, that’s never going to happen.
Me: But what if?
It’s not like I’ve come up with a novel idea. Lots of people have thought it, I’m sure. Lots of people have said it aloud, I’m sure. But, somehow, in our crazy, busy, worker bee lives, it either stops people cold, or they look at me with that “let’s humor her” look and say “yeah.”
But what if? What would you do if you didn’t have to pay bills? Well, I’ll tell you one thing, I wouldn’t pay bills.
Oh – I should set this up for you that I’m making this a scenario where no one has to pay bills, not just me.
Fun Stuff – vacations, working with less stress, a new car, more time with family, trying out restaurants from every culture/country imaginable (that one is pretty doable if you live near NYC or other big cities, I imagine). More time to read and blog.
Strange. This concept is so unusual that I’m having trouble coming up with lots of ideas.
Philanthropy – Defined by Miriam-Webster as “: the practice of giving money and time to help make life better for other people, goodwill to fellow members of the human race: especially: active effort to promote human welfare.” I included the definition because while we all have an idea of philanthropy, I think (but maybe I’m wrong…don’t tell my husband I just said “but maybe I’m wrong”) that many people just associate it with giving money.
If everyone on this planet had food, medicine and decent housing, there would be the possiblity to increase education, reduce conflicts, crime, mortality rates, increase the quality of life, etc. I would like to be a part of that. Not just money to a cause, which is fabulous by itself, but to actively promote human welfare one person at a time. Can you imagine if we all helped others in our countries and abroad to cultivate food, to build better sewage systems, have homes that stand up to the weather or show someone that they are not alone?
This is a lofty and perhaps over idealistic view. But, possible, I think. One person at a time.
Even if we still have to pay bills.