It was fun watching a winning Vikings game played in London. It might have been a gift win, on the benefit receiving end of some iffy ref calls, but I'll take it. Though, it felt weird, wrong almost, to give two nickels when I'm between game coverage was scenes for hurricane relief. Even Tampa Bay still hosted a game to a full crowd. There were commercials for children's cancer research and animal rescue resources. All these so much more important than football. Still, things like sports fanning, a cold beer in a pub, Sunday brunch, and lazy Sundays with my family, are made sweeter to appreciate when life is challenging.
Here's my take tying this to money. It's important to have a safety net to protect ourselves financially from disaster, but we also need to keep enjoying the things that make life sweet. How to ensure doing both feels like my major challenge. I can't help think, do we have enough coverage should a tornado or fire hit my home? Do my kids have there own safety net should something run amiss in their lives? Are we prepared to help family and friends should they need it short or long term, through a place to stay, meals, clothing, or utilities? As we lose our shirts in our retirement accounts, as is reality right now, is there time to bounce back, or will I never truly be able to retire? I ask these questions.
I'm trying to do better asking others as well. Did I support anyone going through a hard time right now? Did I make an effort to message a friend I haven't talked to for a while? Did I make time to attend an event just because someone invited me and it's something they care about? Did I just enjoy a few simple pleasures, even if they were not time productive or in fact, a time waste? Was it a needless splurge, but added to my list of things that bring a bit of joy, so I bought it anyway?
We need money to pay bills, now and savings for the future. But spending on a new dog in the family, despite the short term stress and adjustment, feels right, even if not optimally timed. Who knows where he might have wound up? Now we know, and we helped a bit with the rescue dog need, while having this beautiful being to welcome into our family. DH taking an unpaid Saturday this weekend meant we got to see our nephews football game. We got to run a couple errands together, and spend the whole afternoon with our daughter. I need to remember that money means nothing if not either spent on or forgone for things that really matter.