Wednesday, February 23, 2011

why else riches?

I care for riches, to make gifts to friends, or lead a sick man back to health with ease and plenty. Else small aid is wealth for daily gladness; once a man be done with hunger, rich and poor are all as one.

Euripides
Electra

And that, my friends, is why I keep sending in my PCH entries.

2 comments:

Joan said...

What a thrill it would be to win! The most fun thing about it would be sharing it with others! I'd love to be in that position some day!

Kathryn Grace said...

This reminds me of an exercise some workshop teacher or other had us do one time.

Imagine you just won the $10 million lottery. What will you do with your winnings?

Now imagine you just won $10 million more, to give away to every one you wanted to gift? To whom would you give the money?

Now that you've taken care of all your needs and those of the people and causes important to you, imagine you've just won an additional $10 million. What will you do with it?

With the first ten million, I bought a house in the mountains, surrounded by ten thousand acres on all sides (such land was cheap in those days), set up trusts for all the people in my life, set up a couple of self-perpetuating scholarship funds for certain segments of the population, endowed a couple of fellowship chairs for women's studies and donated a whole lot of cash to Sierra Club and the like.

I almost didn't know what else to do with the second $10 million!

Of course, these days, $10 million wouldn't come close to taking care of all those people and foundations, let alone buy the land and build the house.

But that third $10 mil, that was another story altogether.