In a like manner, we need money to sustain us, but life is not about money. We don’t exist to get as much money as we can – we don’t live for the sole purpose of making money, we need money to make life worth living for us.
What does it mean to be rich in the first place?
Can wealth really be measured by wads of cash and the freedom to buy what you want? If that is how you understand it, then you’ve only seen one side of the coin.
Being rich is more about having the freedom to pursue things of value and being able to enjoy life’s journey, smelling the flowers along the way and being able to appreciate the beauty around you.
Let me ask you a question, suppose I give a native Filipino a choice between buying a designer mink coat worth $50,000.00 for $100.00 or several sacks of rice worth $1,000.00 for $200.00 what do you think would be his choice? Your guess is as good as mine. A mink coat will have no use for anyone living in the tropics, while sacks of rice at such a good offer will greatly benefit him.
It is obvious by this example that it’s not so much what you have, but how you use what you have that really matters.
Many have received a sudden windfall of more than $20,000,000, yet have ended up, after a year or two, worse than they were before because they lacked the experience and the wisdom to spend their money judiciously. That, my friend, is not what being rich is all about. Being rich is being able to be who you really are and do what you ought to do.
So what should we ought to do that matters to us uniquely yet collectively? It is developing and keeping ourselves physically strong, mentally awake, ethically straight and spiritually discerned while doing our best as aligned in our integrity to help other people as possible to do the same.
We can’t deny that one concern, though, is the requirement of money to support the pursuing of these developments.
We have the right to stay alive, and this right is accompanied by a willful responsibility to develop ourselves and to help others do it in the same universal pattern. However, these resources and actions do not just bite your hook if you don’t lower down your line. You need the money to get them. That is why you have to be rich in order to get those resources.