So, you’d like to be rich?
I hear you! Like many, the lure of ‘enough’ in the bank is strong. And ‘more than enough’ is even better! That’s rich!! But if you’re living in a developed nation, chances are you’re already wealthy.
Oxfam tells us that just 1% of the world’s population hold 48% of the worlds’ wealth!
But let’s get real, rich and wealthy certainly don’t mean the same thing.
Some might consider wealth as the amount of money you have in the bank, or your net worth when looking at the balance sheet. But, others consider wealth in its many and varied ‘other forms.’
Do you have a roof over your head that you can afford? Food available every time you open the pantry or fridge door? Are you surrounded by happy, healthy loved ones? Is affordable health care within reach? Do you have enough, even too much ‘stuff?’ Are you able to afford transport costs, TV, a phone and wifi, along with little luxuries like movies, a night out or special entertainment treats now and then?
Some consider true wealth to be measured by what you have left if you lost your material possessions. And it happens. Australia especially is a nation dominated by extremes like floods, famines and fire.
Would you still have a loving family and fulfilling relationships if all else was lost?
From a very young age, marketers have bombarded us into thinking that we never have ‘enough.’ That last year’s fashions, bags, sunnies and possessions are so out of date and that we are continually told we need more… newer and better. But as many find, striving constantly for the latest, and chasing labels is hardly the key to happiness.
Working out what makes us happy is a huge step forward in unlocking how we can discover wealth.
Do your children’s smiles light you up? Do you have a hobby you find fulfilling? Does your faith hold you steady when times are tough? Is there one friend or partner you always enjoy spending time with that ‘fills your cup?’ Does holding a fulfilling job mean a lot to you? Chances are when you work out what it is that truly makes you happy, you’ll find you’re pretty wealthy after all.
“They say it is better to be poor and happy than rich and miserable, but how about a compromise like moderately rich and just moody?”