“The real measure of your wealth is how much
you’d be worth if you lost all your money.”
— Unknown (The scribe was on vacation)
As you consider this phrase, you might think, ‘I’m not wealthy, so this doesn’t apply.’ I beg to differ, as I think we are all wealthy and some of us just haven’t discovered our own wealth. To some it might be money, to others something else.
Regarding money, I love how Jim Rohn puts wealth into perspective: “After you become a millionaire, you can give all of your money away because what’s important is not the million dollars; what’s important is the person you have become in the process of becoming a millionaire.” Coco Chanel says it her own way: “There are people who have money and people who are rich.”
If you really think about it, the only thing money can buy that is really important is physical comfort. It cannot buy happiness, peace of mind or any of the other gems of life because those are attitudes that can be adopted by the poorest of the poor should they desire to do so. These are states of the mind. And, so is health, and so is wealth.
In my experience, what so many people live with for far too long, including their entire lives sometimes, is their perceived lack of wealth. As we focus on the lack of anything, we create a deeper and wider chasm of lack and our view across the chasm to prosperity is blocked by our discontent.
One of the best ways to let this all go is to realize that we are all wealthy and to recognize our wealth. In this way we can become more generous, comfortable within ourselves, experience more joy.
Yesterday, I briefly talked about some writers like John Grisham. Think of the wealth that he has brought to us with his work; his passion; his joy. I’ve been thinking and appreciating Jack London lately as well. What magnificent wealth he left behind as if it is a superfund foundation for the betterment of humanity.
Maybe we don’t all reach this far. No matter. We all have sufficient wealth and it is the discovering, reinvesting and distribution of that wealth that is our greatest joy.
Here is a much simpler lasting legacy that continues to provide joy:
Open Your Vault Of Wealth. There Is Plenty To Share. It Will Buy Things Money Cannot Buy.
Spread Some Joy Today–Joy is contagious, and it is such an easy thing to have. To have it, decide to be joyous. It is really that simple.