The Border Collie Chronicles

Observations from (arguably) the World's Smartest Dogs;
(but, without question, the bestest friends!)
or, Life As We Understand It, as told from dad's shop.


Posted August 23, 2012

 

It Ain’t About The Money (or The Stuff)
By Gall

 

It Ain't About The MoneyMe and the crew were hanging out behind the shop the other day – Annie and Bubba were talking about all of the things that they had, and even more about what it was that they wanted (Patches and Momma Roo were quiet and just grinning at the pup’s conversation).  Well, I got to where I just couldn’t take it anymore and I had to speak up and tell them “It ain’t about the money kids!

 

Well, they looked at me like I was crazy, I mean, they’ve heard dad and his bookie (that would be Benjamin, our nephew, who is also our stock broker) visiting and they thought that it was - all about the money!  But, you see, it’s not!  Money can surely make some things way easier, but I imagine that it can also make some other things WAY harder.  We know some pretty rich folks - some of them are pretty stinking miserable – even with all of their money (now, we also know some pretty rich folks that are as happy as pigs in new slop[i]!!)  Dad also has some buddies that probably aren’t overflowing with an excess of funds, but they wake up every day smiling, enjoying life and they are appreciative of the bounties that God has provided to them!  I’m thinking that the main difference is the importance of the money in the everyday life of the happy dude.  He just does what he can do, and tries to correlate that to what he can afford to do - as much as possible - without too much regard to cost; whereas, the other dude is watchin’ every penny and is afraid that everybody is after that last one!  He just doesn’t have time, or take the time, to enjoy what it is that he does have.  Hey everybody … it really ain’t about the money!

 

I reckon that money can make a lot of bad things go away, but it also has a way of making some bad things come.  Dad had a good buddy that always, around tax time, moaned and groaned (well, ok, he bitched really) about how much taxes he had to pay – and it WAS a bunch.  Dad explained to him, on multiple occasions, how he could legally reduce his tax liability to ZERO – give all your stuff away and don’t make any more money!  Dad’s buddy already knew this answer, but he always laughed … but he never took dad’s advice (but he would always take another one of dad’s beers – and typically kept on moaning)!

 

Dad helped some friends work on a barn over this past spring and early summer – you know what?  They actually tried to pay him!!  He just helped them out on a few weekends.  Now, dad does manage to hold down a regular job and these are his treasured friends … he did it out of love, respect, and just being neighborly[ii]!  It wasn’t about the money!!!  Never has been … Never will be!  Dad enjoys building stuff, and his friends were working just as hard as he was on the project (that is an important part of this equation – dad says he’s not seeking a job as a hired hand on a construction crew – or anywhere else) – dad was just trying to help friends, not earn money!

 

Now, we understand that folks don’t always have “four wheel drive” in every endeavor that they take on … some of the stuff that they do, they are the Dale Earnhardt of that chore[iii], in some other chores, they are like the Colts in Super Bowl III[iv].  Everybody has their strengths, and their weaknesses – dad likes to build stuff and is pretty good at it (thanks to his Dad, Uncle Connie and Gene), but ask him to do the laundry, or sing, or … oh, ok dad … I’ll stop there - well, you can certainly find better!  Put your emphasis on the things that you’re good at, and associate yourself, and learn from your buds that excel in the stuff that you’re not too great at.  Dad and Phil have done that since Day-One!  Yeah, that’s the way you do it!  Dad’s buddy, Donald, was a very good businessman (he had an MBA and everything!) and was generous to a fault, but he couldn’t even reconcile his own checkbook!  Now, most folks may not know it, but there really was a time that he did need to reconcile his bank account … but he had pretty big difficulties getting it done!  Well, this sort of stuff is right up dad’s alley – he tried to keep him in balance!  Now, our favorite neighbor Ronny … don’t give him an electronic gadget (i-pod, i-pad, i-phone, etc (by the way, in case he hasn’t told you, dad doesn’t like ANYTHING that starts with an i!!  And Ronny has EVERYTHING that starts with an i!!) … well, anyway, Ronny was having difficulties with his programmable thermostat (it just needed batteries) … but need him to design something mechanical, calculate the second cosine of the third tangent of a 27.5 degree angle on 30” pipe, or weld that same angle up – he’s your guy!  Dad takes care of him (or tries to) on all of his electronic gadget woes (even the i-junk).  The moral is, there wasn’t any of that stuff done (on either side of the equations) for money, the promise of money, or even in hopes of favors to be collected on in the future.  It was (and will be) done out of love and friendship!  That’s it – these dudes (and many other folks that we have similar stories on – dad’s lucky, the list goes on and on!!) have helped dad do lots of stuff, dad has gained tons of knowledge from them, has spent some wildly (and mildly) great times, and has valuable friendships with them.  In all these cases, all these guys are friends, even when they didn’t need something!

 

Now, I fully understand that some folks do certain stuff (and some folks will do just about anything (we’ve seen our share of “Cops” on TV)) for money – but that just ain’t us … need free labor or assistance or advice?  Just call a BC or a BC owner!!  We don’t often ask other folks for help, and usually we don’t even really want it – we want to do it “our way” and do it “all by ourselves”.   But just come on over and visit with us sometime when you don’t want something.  We enjoy the company!!  It really is just as simple as that!  We like helping out – and it ain’t never been about the money!  We’re not real sure about all that Karma[v] stuff --- but we’re not gonna discount it either.  So far, for the most part, things have worked out pretty good for us! 

 

And, it ain’t never been about the money!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here are some quotes for additional thought:

 

Dedicate some of your life to others. Your dedication will not be a sacrifice. It will be an exhilarating experience because it is an intense effort applied toward a meaningful end. - Dr. Thomas Dooley

 

A bad neighbor is a misfortune, as much as a good one is a great blessing. - Hesiod

 

When you are kind to someone in trouble, you hope they'll remember and be kind to someone else. And it'll become like a wildfire. - Whoopi Goldberg

 

The impersonal hand of government can never replace the helping hand of a neighbor. - Hubert H. Humphrey

 

That best portion of a good man's life … His little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and of love. - William Wordsworth

 

Money was never a big motivation for me, except as a way to keep score. The real excitement is playing the game. - Donald Trump

 

 

 



[i] Pigs like to wallow in mud, so if you're happy as a pig in mud, you're quite happy.  http://www.istudentcity.com/feature/011301_talk_idioms1.asp

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[ii] like, characteristic of, or appropriate to neighbors; kind, friendly, sociable, etc.  http://www.yourdictionary.com/neighborly

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[iii] Seven championships, seventy-six wins, and all in the modern era. There is no doubt that "The Intimidator" is the best that NASCAR has ever seen.  http://nascar.about.com/od/legends/tp/bestdriversever.htm

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[iv] You've seen the photos -- Broadway Joe in Miami, lounging by the pool. Joe Cool, uttering the preposterous without a blink: The Jets will beat the Colts, I guarantee it. And then the game, in which the new guard (Joe and the AFL) showed the old guard (Johnny U. and the NFL) that it ain't bragging if you can do it. And then the aftermath, Joe One, exiting the stage, right index finger raised high in the universal symbol of eat-our-dustness.  http://espn.go.com/page2/s/list/NFLplayoffupset.html

[v] Karma is the integrated collection of good and evil that a person accumulates during their present and former lives.  Hindus, Buddhists and some others believe that the amount and type of karma will determine a person's state when they are reincarnated in their next life. Similarly, the sum total of one's acts in previous lives determines one's current life.  http://www.ask.com/web?qsrc=1&o=0&l=dir&q=what+is+karma

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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