Wealth and success can bring their own problems
Published 27/04/2016 | 02:30
Success doesn't need to be seen solely as having accumulated great monetary wealth. It can also mean just doing our best at whatever we choose to undertake.
This could include, music, art, sport or that most elusive of achievements, winning a prize at the local agricultural show.
It's hard to beat the fun associated with friendly rivalry and the pleasure of giving credit where credit is due.
Some people devote their lives to producing top class peas or carrots or potatoes or just breeding a better lamb.
Others with the talent to do so write a poem that touches the innermost feelings of those who read it.
We can't all be Michael O'Learys nor indeed would many of us want to. There are obvious drawbacks to being rich and famous.
Wealth brings its own problems and if you don't believe me, just look at the damage winning the lotto brought to so many whose lives were subsequently ruined.
To almost one third of the population of the world, being wealthy means having enough to eat.
At the other end of the spectrum, I always liked the tale of one millionaire asking the other "what do you do about the begging letters?" "I keep sending them" was the reply.