Hello, Frugalistas! I just wanted to pass along this money fact on the holiday observing Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday:
Dr. King won $54,123 in 1964 when he won the Nobel Peace Price at age 35. He used the money to support civil rights.
That amount of money was quite a bit for the ’60s. Really, it’s a lot now. Dr. King said he was going to use it to further the civil rights struggle. It was money well invested. Through Dr. King’s tireless efforts and the help of a multi-cultural/racial/ethnic cast of others, I am able to live a fortunate life here in America.
If you have a roof over your head, reasonable food at the table and friends you can call, you have a fortunate life. Most of us are fortunate, despite what the bank account may say during this mediocre economy.
We don’t have to win a Nobel Peace Prize to make our world a better place, but we have to take a step each day toward our dreams. We have to be more thoughtful about where we spend our money and how we are spending. Who knows how our financial decisions impact our lives and the lives of others?
Money isn’t everything, but it can be powerful when used the right way.