Yesterday we talked about sharing our heart, and our time with other people in an effort to grow. Today…we’re going to have a discussion about being selfish with our money, and how it will keep us from being as rich as we want to be.
When you get a minute, walk into your closet. Take inventory of everything that’s in it. Shoes, hats, belts, pants, shirts, bags… everything. Now scroll through that list and tell me which of these items you really use? 9 times out of ten, you have a set selection of pieces you mix and match to create your outfits. The rest of the stuff, you can’t fit, don’t like anymore, maybe never liked…or just plain forgot about. That’s a problem, and it’s probably time for a purge. Don’t be embarrased. Per usual, I am talking to myself just as much as I am talking to you. We’ve become so spoiled, that nothing is ever good enough.
Our society is driven by things. With culture the way it is today, its not out of the ordinary to hear stories about girls going into debt in an effort to keep up with the Kardashians, or guys neglecting to pay a bill so that they can have the latest pair of Jordan’s. Status rules. No one ever wants to be the uncool kid, but is someone else’s approval worth having your lights cut off? Don’t answer that, I’m scared of what you might say.
Things fall apart. What is hot today will not be hot next year, so instead of making depreciating investments in fad driven items, don’t you think it would be more efficient to invest in something that you can see grow? Think back to the last time you walked past a homeless person on the street. (Now I know that you have to be careful with these situations, because there have been many that use this tactic to scam people.) But let’s just say you can feel in your heart that this person truly does not have a place to call home. You, on the other hand, driving your nice brand new car, with a full tank of $3.85/gallon gas…know you have a dollar to spare. Instead, you turn your nose up, drive on, and miss an opportunity to change someone’s life with one small gesture of kindness. It happens everyday. You’ve done it, I’ve done it…and instead of us being ashamed, we should just make a change. You can not receive, if you don’t give.
The next book on my “To Read:” list is Russell Simmons’ latest, “Super Rich”. In it, he discusses the true meaning of being rich; giving extravagantly, and being able to appreciate your entire existence, without basing it upon the things that you may or may not have. Russell Simmons has amassed a great wealth, but has also given millions of dollars away to causes near and dear to his heart. For that reason, if he were to go broke today, he would still be genuinely satisfied with knowing that he helped someone else. You don’t have to be a yogi or a Buddhist to apply these principles either. No matter what your belief system, giving is always regarded as a part of what it takes to reach fulfillment. (see Luke 6:38 & 2 Corinthians 9:6-7)
I can firmly say that everyone that I know would like to live life without being concerned about money. We can talk for days a bout the things we need to survive, but the truth of the matter is, some of the most wealthy people in the world have few material possessions. We should be living by their example.
Think back to the last time you had an opportunity to give to someone in need. Did you? What are you doing to change the world around you? Remember, you don’t have to have Bill Gates, Oprah, or Russell Simmons money to make an impact in your community. It may be a dollar, a kind word, or a hug that could change someone’s life for the better. Today’s challenge is to stop being so selfish with your giving. Find a way to make an impact today.
“Wealth Is Of The Heart & Mind, Not The Pocket” – Pharrell Williams