The little money I have, that is my wealth; but things I have for which I would not take money, that is my treasure. — Robert Brault.
One of my many part-time jobs during law school was being a campus cop. It’s a long story how my first experience in law enforcement was being an often hated campus cop who ticketed students for parking violations. Nevertheless, while I patrolled the streets and walkways of the U of A campus, a fellow campus cop shared some wisdom that stuck with me for over fifty years.
His name was McSherry, and he had been a campus cop for most of his life. We were driving around campus late at night, and I was complaining about being a broke law student. McSherry said to me, “Hubbell, how much would you take for your new born son?” I said, “Not even a million dollars would I take for Walter. There’s no amount of money on earth would I take for him. He is priceless.” McSherry then said the words that I’ve carried with me to this day, “Then don’t tell me you aren’t a wealthy man.”
Robert Brault’s words reminded me of McSherry. We spend too much time on earth seeking wealth, and too little time enjoying our treasures.