Words of wisdom from the Dalai Lama

We came across this fantastic quote by the Dalai Lama recently and were struck by how very true it can be.

It’s so ironic that we all rush around working long hours, often at the expense of our health, just to earn money that we then spend on expensive holidays to recover from all those long hours! And once we’re back it starts all over again, with us spinning round on the hamster wheel of life to get more money in order to spend it recuperating. Or worse, we need to spend the money we’ve earnt during those long hours on costly private healthcare.

A martian looking down on us must think we’re crazy!

You may also find it ironic that the people we’re working hard to earn money for are the very people we don’t see very much as we’re at work all day. In fact, we probably spend more time with our work colleagues than our families. We end up spending long hours cooped up indoors, getting home late, not eating properly and with no time for exercise.

Then we spend time fretting and letting the stresses of life crowd in on us. It’s all too easy to be so busy worrying about the future that we don’t enjoy what we have in the here and now. Or as the Dalai Lama puts it, man ‘lives as if he is never going to die and then dies having never really lived.’ What a sad reflection on modern day life!

At 1st Chartered we try to help our clients live with a very different mindset from this. We work with people who work hard and save hard but our aim is to help them use their money to live the life they want to, in the present not the distant future. That’s why we love it when we can help clients fulfil their dreams through sound financial planning. We always say money is just a tool to allow you to do what you want to do. Our role is to do the complicated stuff so that your finances are not a burden but enable you to go ahead and enjoy life.

So as the year draws to a close, we encourage you to pause and reflect a while on the Dalai Lama’s words of wisdom. It may well influence your New Year’s Resolutions!