Bonnie just sat there and didn’t say a word. They pulled into their driveway, and Fred turned off the engine.
As they quietly admired their beautiful home, he said, “You know, Bonnie, if it weren’t for my money, we probably wouldn’t have this house.”
Bonnie just sat there and didn’t say a word. That afternoon, a truck pulled up in front of the house to deliver a brand-new piano. It was placed in the living room where its shiny finish caught the rays of the afternoon sun.
“You know, Bonnie,” said Fred once more, “if it weren’t for my money, we probably wouldn’t have this piano.”
Again, Bonnie just sat there and didn’t say a word. Later that night, Bonnie and Fred prepared to go to bed.
As they pulled up the covers, Fred paused, and in a reflective mood, said, “You know, Bonnie, if it weren’t for my money, we wouldn’t have the dresser in this room, or the corner table, or this warm, comfortable bed.”
With that, poor Bonnie turned to Fred and said, “I don’t want to hurt your feelings, honey, but you know, just like the car, the house, the piano, the dresser, the table and this bed — if it weren’t for your money, I wouldn’t be here, either!”
The possession of money or things is not a determinant of how rich or poor we really are. Money and the collection of things can easily lure us into believing that we are rich when just the opposite may be true.
I have known many who looked rich, but in reality were poor. Wealth really isn’t about money. Wealth really isn’t about possessions. Wealth is not determined by what you have, but who you are.
Truly wealthy people carry their riches within. Even if we are poor, we can be rich — rich in the things that matter. Richness comes from our relationships.
To be truly wealthy, first and foremost you must have a good relationship with yourself.
No matter what you may accumulate in life, without a healthy love for self, you will remain poor.
If you love yourself, you will experience the richness of enjoying your own company. Nothing you will ever own will compare.
Second, to be truly wealthy, you need friends. Be suspicious of people who have no friends. There is usually great poverty with friendless people. Without friendships, frustration, resentment, anger and despair take over our lives.
Third, to be truly wealthy, stay in touch with the spiritual richness that surrounds you. Experience the inner wealth of knowing there is a constant source of purpose, hope, direction and unconditional love.
Truly wealthy people possess contentment, peace, joy, happiness, hope and faith, but most of all love. Without wealth, we will be poor no matter how much money we have. With wealth, we will be rich no matter how much money we have.