Wednesday, July 13, 2011
You're Richer Than You Think
What really determines how rich we are?
Skills. Oh, we don't give ourselves enough taps on our shoulders for the talents we were given at birth. The things that we do naturally and don't think of skills, we ought to. I believe in predestination, so it's my thought that we have skills that we need to be using to make the world a better place. If talents and skills are left unused, then the world suffers the loss. Life carries more than a right, it carries responsibility. We can't just continually complain about the way of the world without adding our portion to keep it going on the right track. When and if we get tangled up in the notion that we are entitled....without contributing.....well, then the negative headlines are going to keep slapping us in the face.
Character. If we work hard to do the right thing, eventually a richness of character will emerge. When that happens, other people will trust us. And, if others can trust us, then our wallet will be bursting at the seams with the things that allow us to get a good night's rest.
There's a philosophy out there that goes something like this: "No matter how much money you make, you always want more. So, if you make $50,000 you believe that if you just made $100,000 you would be happy. But, then you begin to make $100,000. At that point you believe if you just made $150,000 you would be happy, and so on through life. This pattern is true whether you make $50,000 or $10 million a year, because as you earn more money you acquire more expensive tastes. It seems to me that you might as well learn to be happy on $50,000 a year, figure out a way to earn it, and then have the rest of your time free to do what you want."
Money certainly is a necessity to survive. We all know that. But, it's not the only necessity. Spending time with friends, laughing together, crying together, talking about the easy things and the hard things....those are the gems that fill our treasure chest.....not the $10s, $20s, $50s and $100s. Then we have to toss in our maintainable health, our loyal families, our strengths, skills and talents, knowledge, common sense, and integrity. It's so easy to get down in the dumps about the direction the world is going, but let us never lose sight of our blessings. Maybe we should put more faith in the human spirit, heart and soul that are born again with each new generation. There are young people out there who are going to save us from ourselves. I know they will, because they have the riches to pull it off.
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