Friday, November 21, 2008

On Being Rich

My post today has more questions than answers.

I receive a daily email from Mountain Wings. There was a quote referenced in today's issue:

"Being rich is not determined by how much you have, but by how little you need."

I have been thinking a lot about that quote.

How much do we really need? I think that living in the "land of plenty" makes it difficult to answer that question honestly.

Above the basic necessities of food, clothing (basic) and shelter, how much do we really need? Are all the "stuff and things" that we think we must have worth what they actually cost? I'm not talking about the price tags on the stuff in the store.

What I'm speaking of is the real cost.

The stress that's created when the credit card bill arrives and we see in black and white what our choices are doing to us financially.

The toll it takes on our families when both parents are working outside the make more money, to buy more things.

Relationships are strained. Health is compromised. Peace of mind is often non-existent.

Our closets and cabinets and drawers and shelves are full...often to overflowing...but so many feel empty inside.

Is it really worth it?

As the economy declines, we may have to make some hard decisions about what is really important to us.

Read the quote again. How rich are you?

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