Enjoy Life (8 of 40) by Stephen Whitney
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John Davison Rockefeller was born November 13, 1810. He got his first job when he was 16 as an assistant bookkeeper, working for a small produce company for 50 cents a day. Though he had to work long and hard hours, he delighted, as he later recalled,
in "all the methods and systems of the office".
He founded the Standard Oil Company of Ohio in 1870, which rapidly became the most profitable oil refining company. As kerosene and gasoline grew in importance Standard Oil grew to become one of the largest shippers of oil and kerosene in the country. As a result Rockefeller's wealth soared, and he became the world's richest man and first American worth more than a billion dollars. He is often regarded as the richest person in all of history.
He retired after 27 years in 1897 and spent the last 40 years of his life creating foundations with his money which had a major effect on medicine, education, and scientific research.
In his book, The Rockefeller Billions, Jules Abels says that John D. Rockefeller had an income of approximately a million dollars a
week toward the end of his life in 1937. Yet his doctors allowed him to eat only a bare minimum. One of his biographers said he lived on a diet of a pauper would have hated.
"Now less than 100 pound in weight, he sampled everything (at breakfast): a cup of coffee, a spoonful of cereal, a forkful of egg and a bit of chop the size of a pea." Rockefeller was the richest man in the world, but he didn't even have the ability to enjoy food.
How sad that the richest man in the world could not enjoy even the simple pleasures of life because money can buy all the things we want, but not the ability to enjoy them.
If he couldn't enjoy life with all the wealth he had, how can I ever hope to enjoy life with the little that I have? Enjoyment of life is God's personal gift to those who walk faithfully with him ...
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