Check out this piece from CNN about a family selling their home and giving away half of the proceeds:
One day while driving with her father, Hannah Salwen noticed a Mercedes stopped next to a homeless man sitting on the curb. "I said to my dad, 'If that guy didn't have such a nice car, then that guy could have a nice meal,' " the 15-year-old from Atlanta, Georgia, recalled.
And so began the tale of what the Salwen family calls "Hannah's Lunchbox." It started as family discussions about what they needed versus what was enough. Hannah's father Kevin, an entrepreneur, is on the board of the Atlanta Habitat for Humanity and is no stranger to community work, but he said this family conversation was life-changing.
"We stopped and paused and thought about what are the things in the world that could really make a difference, a little bit of difference in the world," he said.
They talked about selling their cars or other things, but it was Hannah's mother, Joan, who came up with selling their 6,500-square-foot house, donating half the proceeds and then moving into a house half the size.
My wife and I have had the same conversation many, many times. We're doing so well financially and others are doing poorly. In contrast to the suffering going on around the world, it often seems selfish to accumulate so much wealth and material possessions (though we live well below our means.) We give a good amount of our income away to charity, but we could do more. Then again, aren't we allowed to enjoy the fruits of our labor? But how much should we enjoy and how much should we use to help others? The basic question is:
When is enough (wealth, possessions, etc.) enough?
Anyone out there grappling with the same question? I'd appreciate your thoughts and insights on the issue.