“Money will buy you a fine dog, but only love can make it wag its tail.”
– Richard Friedman
It is amazing what money can buy. From the things we need every day like food, clothes, warm place to live. But it can’t buy everything. And as the saying goes, money can’t buy love. But I loved the way this quote put it, particularly as a dog owner. First, let’s not debate the “buying” a dog vs. adopting, that is not the point. But this is very true, and I see it in our rescue dog, Petunia. Money did not buy the previous owner love. It didn’t buy me and my husband love. Money will not buy you the affection of a dog. True love and affection from a dog only comes from true love and affection for the dog. Taking care of her, feeding her, comforting her, that brought us her love.
And that goes for so much in life. You can buy a lot, friends, pets, employees. But does it really get you what you want?
This doesn’t mean you don’t spend money on friends, family or pets. But only spending money on them will not gain trust, friendship, or love. Spending time, lending a shoulder to cry on, talking them through a tough time, these are the real currency of a relationship. I would rather have one of those relationships with real relationship currency than 1,000 other relationships.
Again, this doesn’t mean you should not work hard, earn your worth, but remember, it is not the end all be all of life. True relationships are worth way more.