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The Main Building of the University of Sofia

…and today I got mainly dark and bitter ones.

I am spending the weekend – a long one – in Sofia. Came especially for the re-union of my university class.

Last night twenty of us went to a nice restaurant where we ate a little, drank and lot and talked until the early hours of the night. This was almost all Bulgarians who studied sociology in our year; our Greek colleagues weren’t able to come.

It was great to see everyone and we hadn’t changed that much. As one of my colleagues said ‘apart from the menopause and prostate problems’ we are the same.

Today I’ve continued my trip in the past by seeing two other friends; one of them I had not seen in twenty four years.

Each encounter made me think very seriously about life and its priorities. Because, you see, sometimes we chase power, money and fame and forget that these are means. We tend to forget that what matters in our lives is health, happiness and other people.

Why were the chocolates dark and bitter?

It was lovely to see my friends; it’s only that they both have had bad stuff happen to them in that last five years or so.

Friend One had breast cancer a year ago; it is in remission and she is fine but still.

Friend Two lost his twenty two years old son five years ago. He is not in remission. Friend Two is in a full blown state of suffering, regret and self-blame that he regularly dumbs down with large amounts of alcohol. He couldn’t have done anything to stop what happened to his son and I had to remind him that he has another child.

What is the take away for me? Here it is:

  • Love often and love passionately.
  • Love the people in your life; if you don’t love someone they have no place in your life.
  • Tell the people in your life that you love them every minute of every day.
  • Show the people in your life you love them every moment of everyday.
  • Don’t miss your children’s concert/play/sports day because one day you may end up in a car with a woman you have not seen in twenty years and hear yourself say: ‘He was good on the guitar and as the useless father I am I didn’t go to his concert.’. I know I don’t want that and I am sure you don’t either.
  • Look well after yourselves.
  • Look forward to each and every day; wake up with butterflies in your belly because you simply can’t wait for the day to begin.

Here are the five top money tips articles I spotted this week:

How to Get Rich Realistically? – This is something many want to know. Matt from ListenMoneyMatters has the secret recipe. It is simple; just pay off all your debt, have nothing to buy and no pressing bills.

The Pursuit of More Money Trap – G E Miller at 20 Something Finance reminds us that if we don’t know where our ‘enough’ is, chasing more money can become a never ending cycle.

Add the Sexy Back to Your Money at Any Stage of Finances – You simply have to read this one because it is great writing from Amanda at Frugal Confessions. And she is right about calling your accounts sexy names: you know I’ve an account known as ‘I’m so worth it!’. Puts a smile on my face every time.

Constructing an Extraordinary Life – ‘An extraordinary life doesn’t just happen. It is constructed, crafted curated.’ I agree and this is a great post on The Minimalists.

The Way Blogging Boosts Self Esteem Will Surprise You – ten ways in which blogging helps self-esteem.

In other news, over the last two weeks The Money Principle was featured by the following personal finance carnivals:

Yakezie Carnival hosted by Reach Financial Independence
Finance Carnival For Young Adults hosted by The Value Geek
Lifestyle Carnival hosted by Budget For Health
Carnival of Money hosted by Carnival of Money
Carnival of Financial Planning B hosted by Finance With Reason

Carnival of MoneyPros hosted by Money Smart Guides
Yakezie Carnival hosted by Save and Conquer
Finance Carnival For Young Adults hosted by Financial Nerd
Carnival of Financial Camaraderie hosted by Single Mom’s Income
Carnival of Money hosted by Carnival of Money
This is it for now. Speak soon.