Since launching The 10,000 Butterflies Project I’ve been so inspired by what Contributing Artists say they hope for. Not because their butterflies stand for sweeping changes, grand plans, or incredible accomplishments (although some do). Their Butterflies of Hope mostly serve as a reminder of important things that money can’t buy. Things that are easy to take for granted but are way more important than a big bank account, a new car, or a “status” job title.


 15 important things money can’t buy:

1. Time

2. Happiness

3. Compassion

4. Creativity

5. Love

6. Character

7. Patience

8. Courage

9. Dignity

10. Ethics

11. Sense of Purpose

12. Curiosity

13. Originality

14. Wisdom

15. Determination


Because in the end, this journey called life is about a whole lot more than just dollars and cents. What’s really important is how we treat each other. What we can contribute instead of what we can get. How we decide to show up every day.

The important things that money can’t buy are available to all of us but they take work to acquire. Like wisdom, for instance. That doesn’t come without some life experiences that cause pain, embarrassment, and grief.

Or happiness. That’s something we can choose — or not. How many people do you know that wallow around in self pity, complaining about what’s wrong with their lives? And then there are the people we enjoy hanging out with because they’re upbeat, positive, and manage to find some bright spot of good in each day. What are you choosing?

Think about dignity. It’s not about what kind of clothes we wear, the cars we drive, or the places we call home. It’s knowing that we have worth, that we are valuable human beings. And it’s treating others with dignity too, no matter what their present circumstances may be.

Originality — I love this one because we’ve all got it.  It’s a gift we receive the day we come into this world. We’re all originals! Why is it we spend so darn much time trying to be like everyone else, trying to conform to what others expect? So go on — show your amazing, awesome, original self to the world.

The important things money can’t buy are what will transform our communities into thriving, vibrant places where everyone has a seat at the table. They are the traits that create positive change. That spread kindness. The important things that money can’t buy are the antidote to the hatred, negativity, and hopelessness that’s infecting our country..


What would you add to this list? Please add your thoughts in the comments section.


10,000-butterflies-project-hope-beauty-transformationWe are all stronger and better when we work together. And that’s why we need YOUR butterfly message. Here’s how to become a Contributing Artist.

Together we can create a world of beauty, transformation, and hope.


Bonnie Pond is the founder of the 10,000 Butterflies Project and the international Make Your Life Count Movement. She’s an inspiring speaker and the author of The Power of Three: How to be Happy and Get What You Want in Life (Without Doing Anything Illegal, Immoral, or Unethical) and Unlock Your Creativity: 30 Days to a More Creative YOU! Bonnie is a self-described “Bahooda Kicker” who helps women stop settling for less than they really want in life. Her mission is to motivate women around the world to live their purpose, love their lives, and make them count. 

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