What is true wealth? What should you expect if you reach the end of the gold paved road to financial freedom?
If you had a million dollars, would you be satisfied? What about 10 million? Is true wealth a numbers game or do other factors enter into the equation?
The character Ebenezer Scrooge from Charles Dickens’s novel, A Christmas Carol, was a very wealthy man, but before meeting the 3 ghosts- Christmas Past, Christmas Present and Christmas Future, he lived a miserable life, too cheap to even heat his own apartment.
Meanwhile his clerk, who had very little financially speaking, with his many children, was portrayed as a happy man, with a family that loves him.
Of course this is fiction, but is there any truth to the story/the characters’ lives?
Many people will work incessantly trying to accumulate wealth, but no one’s last words on their death bed is- “I wished I had spent more time at work.”
For some people the only answer to the question; “What is true wealth?”, is money pure and simple – the more money the better.
Some people would be content to say that true wealth is having the peace of mind of being free from debt.
Some people would say that he is truly wealthy, if he can lead the lifestyle he chooses, regardless of cost.
Others might say that true wealth is being healthy and surrounded by a loving family and caring friends.
There are probably as many answers to this question, as there are people to answer it.
You could live in a big house on the hill, have fancy cars in the garage, and a million bucks in the bank, and not enjoy life as much as the guy who works at gas station, and lives in a two room rundown apartment.
True wealth is whatever one perceives it to be. And if that weren’t true, we wouldn’t have policemen, firemen and soldiers, who risk their lives protecting us, rather than trying to work on Wall Street/make big bucks, etc.
We wouldn’t have doctors who travel to third world countries, to try to make a difference, rather than to stay at home running their thriving practices, and living a comfortable life.
We wouldn’t have all the volunteers this country has, who are ready and willing to help the sick, or the elderly, or show up at the site of a disaster to help those who have been effected by unforeseen circumstances.
This country wouldn’t have the millions of people who donate billions of dollars annually to the charities of their choice.
Even though we may spend a large percentage of our time focused on making money activities, our job, our career, our business, etc, it’s good to step back and realize that there is more to true wealth than just money.
Money can’t buy you happiness, but it can buy you the time and the resources necessary to search for happiness. Money isn’t the most important thing in the world. It’s nice to have, and you need it to survive and live, but money can be replaced, family and friends, cannot.
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