During a recent course we spent some time trout fishing. When we were paddling across a remote lake I offered some of my lures to be trolled. As I handed one of my treasured lures to a course participant, I told him the history of the lure, that I had bought it in 1981, that it had caught more trout than most people ever catch, and that I would miss it sorely if he lost it. He laughted and said he could buy me another one if it were lost. I replied that a new lure could never replace the old one.
He didn’t quite get the point I was making. Money, and new lures, had nothing to do with it. It was about respect. It was about appreciation of the history of the lure and the experiences in which it had played a role. It was about realizing that money, as a means of exchange, can’t buy everything. To me, the things money can buy pale in comparison to the things it can’t.