“The feelings of the heart are more truthful than the expressions of the mouth.” – Terry Mark
Daily Nugget of Gold 1025
Most people, if you asked them, would likely say that if they had more money, it wouldn’t change who they are. That’s true to an extent- but one wise person we knew once observed that “Money makes good people better, and it makes bad people worse.” Most people also believe that having “wealth” is having a great deal of money, would you agree with them? It seems to us that perhaps we should look a little closer at what people believe about wealth in order to help more people acquire it, and more importantly, to enjoy it.
We’ve talked about how people from other parts of the world might be astonished that we would be seeking more wealth- they’d look at our lives as they are now and think, “Why can’t they see the wealth they have already?” It’s probably for the same reason that a fish doesn’t appreciate what water is to them. If we were measuring material riches- then we would have to admit that we here in the United States are richer than 90% of the world. We are also blessed with a less controlling or intrusive government. That might seem an outlandish idea considering the headlines of late about the NSA, etc., but still- we have it pretty good compared to many places ruled by true thugs without any limits on their power over people.
Other parts of the world might seem to enjoy closer Spiritual, family, or other quality of life aspects of wealth as well- but we have it pretty good right where we are. In these ways, we are already exceptional.
“Oh, my friend, it’s not what they take away from you that counts. It’s what you do with what you have left.” – Hubert Humphrey
The greater understanding of wealth that your author wishes to forward is that wealth is more a feeling than a destination. It’s possible to have more than enough money and to feel completely alone, it happens a lot. It’s possible to have material wealth but yet feel unappreciated and unloved. The wisdom in the quote in our first paragraph shines through with these scenarios, doesn’t it? Let alone that some people who are complete jerks without money only become intolerable jerks if they acquire it, don’t they? We’re going to discuss exceptionalism in our next meeting in regards to various forms of wealth, if you would be so kind, please join us!
Question of the Day to Ask Ourselves
“Am I wealthy already?”
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