Defining Value is Everything
I had a friend today post a simple question on Facebook, and it got me thinking.
The question: “Possessions make you rich?”
I used to be broke on every level, financially, spiritually, and so on. While that’s no longer the case, I didn’t get out of it by focusing on money or assets. For me personally, it was an inside job. Possessions are nice, but how you define the word rich can drastically change the course of your life.
It’s a profound question for a number of reasons. It certainly brought my thoughts to how I value myself today. My life is rich on many levels spiritually and emotionally. I have an abundance of the things that make me happy and fill me with gratitude (none of which involve money).
Money is the trickier barometer; sure it’s a definition of “rich” but it can be a cipher. How much is enough? Research has proven that we get used to any scenario within around 60 days. Let’s take a look at the two definitions of “rich” and see why there’s so much of depth to this question.
having a great deal of money or assets; wealthy.
“most of these artists are already quite rich.”
synonyms: wealthy, affluent, moneyed, well-off, well-to-do, prosperous, opulent, silk-stocking; More
“the nation’s rich and diverse wildlife.”
synonyms: plentiful, abundant, copious, ample, profuse, lavish, liberal, generous, bountiful
To me, it’s a matter of perspective. I prefer to focus on being rich in definition #2. Of course, I want money as well, but ONLY to buy the things in definition #2 as it relates to my passions and the things that bring me joy. Focusing on things that ignite your spirit can make you rich in cash and self-worth. I certainly don’t want to come off as a wealth hater, but the reality is that the most financially successful people in the world got there by following their passions. The idea is to be rich all around, possessions mean nothing without a smile.
Serenity is everything to me. Living an abundant and plentiful life is simple if you surround yourself with positive people that you value. Provided you have food, shelter and security you can have a rich life. I get a lot more smiles in “third world” countries than I do around the wealthy Miami elitists. Who is richer? I know one thing for sure, the answer is not a matter of bank statements.
How much money I do or do not have is irrelevant if I’m not living a plentiful and abundant life spiritually, physically, and emotionally. I would love to hear your thoughts on this question as well. What would make you feel richer?