Especially during this time of year, articles like the one here really push my buttons.
“I don’t feel wealthy.” What does wealthy feel like? The sundeck of a yacht, the echo in a mansion, the roar of a private jet? Really? How about equating it with something as simple as being able to walk into a grocery store and buy whatever you want, not just what you need…not caring about sales and coupons. What about having a roof over our heads and a floor under our feet? Rich isn’t a magic number derived from an income or savings account statement, it’s a frame of mind.
Enough never seems to be enough. People have difficulty living within their means, whatever means they have, because they always want for more. They want bigger and better and shinier. They want what others have, what they feel they deserve. They complain about not being able to afford a boat, but they don’t want the canoe, they want the Bayliner. They want to live in the best neighborhoods, drive the best cars, put kids into the best private schools, and flash the newest technology. While those things would be nice, they are by no means necessary and definitely not determining factors of being “rich”. Often when we try to live up to such standards, we come away with a sense of entitlement, maybe even failure, but surely not satisfaction.
There will always be someone smarter, faster, stronger, better looking, richer. Why not, instead, pick a bar we can measure up against…morality, kindness, happiness, generosity? Instead of equating richness with being able to buy a boat or a second house, why not equate it with comfort, heat, food, water or dare I say it, personal fulfillment, personal values…love and being loved.
We are some of the richest people in the world and yet we whine the most. We need to stop measuring richness and wealth by monetary and physical standards. We need to stop complaining about contributing our fair share. Let’s get real people. Instead of squandering our money this holiday season on yet another useless trinket that will be forgotten in a week, let’s try to focus on what we’ve been blessed with and bless others in return. Share your wealth, there is always someone who could use it more than you.
“They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything–all she had to live on.” Mark 12:44
“Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and to inherit the kingdom he promised those who love him?” James 2:5