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    • Growing up with lots of money has both pluses and minuses.

      Abigail Disney is the granddaughter of Roy O. Disney, co-founder of the Walt Disney Company, making her an heiress to the Disney family fortune.

      "They did a study at the Chronicle of Philanthropy years ago where they asked people who inherited money, 'What amount of money would you need to feel totally secure?' And every single one of them, no matter what they had, named a number that was roughly twice what they inherited. So that’s what you need to know about money, right? If that is your primary measure of success or value in life, then good luck with that, because it will never feel good."

    • Interesting article!

      I’ll always remember the time my Mom decided to treat her kids and grandkids to a family reunion cruise. She is not uber-wealthy, but that was certainly more costly than anything our little family could afford! It was a fantastic experience—my kids still refer to it twenty-five years later, and how it had a big impact on their sense of family (which was exactly Mom’s intent). What sticks in my mind was how differently the little families in our group felt about the service staff. Some thought it was just *great* that they essentially had a butler for the week! Woohoo! For me, it was the most uncomfortable feeling of all. I would make the bed and clean up the stateroom *before* the service staff came in to tidy up, because jeez, it just felt so wrong to pay someone to clean up after me!

      Weird, I know...

      It just gives me the creeps to have money determine the type of relationship one has with another human being. I would be like Abigail—I would not be able to live with myself knowing all those flight staff people were needed just to get me across the country in a hurry. Yeesh. At that point, “Job Creator” seems a lot more like “Self-absorbed snob,” doesn’t it???