Not having "enough" money is a stress on a lot of people. Having too much month at the end of the money can tempt us to yearn and even envy those who have such great wealth that everything is at their fingertips. But while being lowly in means offers many challenges, the pitfalls, traps and dangers of great material wealth are incredibly numerous as well.
Take for instance this epically sad story unfolding before our eyes:
Country crooner Billy Ray Cyrus blames Disney's "Hannah Montana" for his daughter Miley Cyrus' issues, angrily saying "the damn show destroyed my family," the New York Post reported Tuesday.
Blaming publicists and Miley's handlers, Cyrus gives an anguished interview in GQ's March issue, where he adds he wishes "Hannah Montana" never happened.
"I hate to say it, but yes, I do. I'd take it back in a second," said Cyrus, who is divorcing Miley's mother, Tish.
Think about that for a second. That show brought the Cyrus family virtually everything that the world tells us we should strive for: wealth, possessions, fame, attention, glory. And here is Billy Ray Cyrus, having seen his marriage collapse, his daughter be corrupted into decadence, and his family shattered saying he would take it back in a second.
Sure, this sad story is a cautionary tale for those who would think about exposing their children to the temptress of fame and fortune, but it's more than that. It's a reminder to all of us that no matter your situation, there is danger everywhere. Wealth can't protect you, fame can't shield you, possessions can't hide you.
It's yet another reason to heed the words of the old song, "In Times Like These:"
Be very sure, be very sure,
Your anchor holds, and grips the Solid Rock.