Wealth…What is it Anyway?
I was visiting a friend today and we got into the discussion about wealth. We discussed how many people deem wealth as money and how it’s become the be all and end all of their life. So does money really determine wealth? Is it really the be all and end all that it’s made out to be?
I guess everyone will have a different comment to add (and please do so at the end of this posting). All over the Internet are web sites about how to get rich and how to visualize it and if you feel it and see it, then you will have it. I don’t agree nor do I disagree. Let me explain. I’m sure you’ve all heard the saying “mind-over-manner” there’s truth to that to a certain extent because if you put you’re mind to something, you can do it but there are limits. Some will say that we set our own limits and that fear stops us. Maybe it does. In another post, I quoted life-coach Stephen Martile who says that 90% of what we do, or don’t do for that matter is due to fear. Others will say that if you really feel it, you’ll be rich. Live like the rich and surround yourself with good karma and you’ll be rich. Ok seriously…I think that there is more to this… When you read all the books or web sites on wealth, I feel that this doesn’t necessarily mean money. I guess it’s a matter of interpretation however; wealth could be whatever you perceive it to be.
In my world, I feel that I am wealthy because I have good health, family and happiness. I live amongst the middle class and sometimes struggle to pay bills just like most of the people in this world but all of the above make me wealthy. My wealth stems from helping people. I mc and plan weddings and functions at a local reception hall, I create an annual booklet for the annual Italian Festival, I teach, I play with my children, I create cards and picture restorations in Photoshop, I paint, I coach people in developing healthy eating habits as well as give fitness advice, and the list goes on and on. And now I have created this site to extend my help to the world. That is wealth!
Day by day, we gain more and more knowledge and sharing our knowledge with others in order to help them is wealth. I’m going to tell you a story about something I did for my son when he turned 1 and that to me (in my world) is the epidemy of wealth. This act made me so happy and gave my son something to remember forever. Hopefully this will be something to remind him of the real wealth in his life.
Here’s my story. Shortly after my son was born, my mother was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease at the age of 50. This was a life changing experience for our entire family. My husband and I decided that we wanted to do something special for my mother and inform people about Parkinson’s. Parkinson’s is sort of silent disease if you will and it’s not top of mind when it comes to donating money. It is the one disease that is on the brink of a cure. For my son’s first birthday we sent out invitations to some 70 people…friends and family (we’re Italian) and on the invitation it said: “You are invited to our son’s first birthday please bring a minimum of $10 for his birthday gift which will be donated to Parkinson’s research in his name.
My husband and I feel the same way about wealth and we want our children to grow up being humble and realizing that wealth is not money or material objects, that wealth is helping others and motivating them to make a difference in someone’s life. We raised $1,000 for Parkinson’s research; we were on the front page of a local newspaper and on the local news channel. Our son also received a framed certificate from Parkinson’s thanking him for donating his birthday money.
Long after the material objects are gone and the money is spent, nobody remembers what they received for their first birthday however, our son will always remember what he gave on his first birthday and we are going to do the same for our daughter on her first birthday as well…that is what I believe to be wealth!