For the past few years I've been frantically saving and investing money.
I feel fortunate that my skills are in demand and permit me to invest a large percentage of my income while still enjoying a pleasant existence today.
But despite this, I find myself feeling insignificant, and blaming the balance of my investment account for my malcontent.
Reading this interview with Derek Sivers made me realize that while owning a nice pile of stocks and bonds makes me feel more financially secure, it will never make me feel more emotionally or spiritually secure.
In the absence of conspicuous consumption and overindulgence, I will not suddenly feel connected to others. I will not, by virtue of my frugality, be generous and noble.
The only way to feel connected and generous is to do generous deeds and to connect with others.