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“The love of family and the admiration of friends is much more important than wealth and privilege.” Charles Kuralt

Motivation Mondays: WEALTH

Motivation Mondays: WEALTH – What do we cherish most?

Motivation Mondays: WEALTH - What do we cherish most?

Motivation Mondays: WEALTH – What do we cherish most?

For a successful entrepreneur it can mean extreme wealth. But with extreme wealth comes extreme responsibility. And the responsibility for me is to invest in creating new businesses, create jobs, employ people, and to put money aside to tackle issues where we can make a difference. Richard Branson
What material success does is provide you with the ability to concentrate on other things that really matter. And that is being able to make a difference, not only in your own life, but in other people’s lives. Oprah Winfrey

What does WEALTH mean to you? While many might immediately think of material things, the great sages and philosophers have always said that contentment is true wealth. When we add to that, the love of family, friends, freedom and good health, we begin to see a new picture emerge that outweighs gold and all the material things we crave. Of course, it is important to develop good credit habits by managing our money well, and by working hard to reduce our debt because we can do more for others and ourselves when we learn to save. There is nothing wrong with having material wealth but it has limitations and, unless we put it to good use by helping others, it will remain just a shiny pot of glorified riches that serve us alone. We all need to be able to provide for our families; we work, strive, and accomplish goals so that our lives can become comfortable. However, if we perform all these actions with only the thought of gaining acquisitions, we will wake up one day, alone, surrounded by our Midas Touch riches and not much else to show for it.

How should we use our Wealth? Be motivated to use your wealth and effort for the good of mankind. We don’t have to struggle with the fear/idea that we might not be able to lift up everyone. Imagine this: If each of us lifted the next person standing beside us, at the end of the day, our collective actions will send reverberations around the world that will affect billions in a positive way. Start small and pass it forward. Be content with what you can do, be grateful for what you do have and be helpful to others (especially to strangers),  and the rest will gradually make sense to us. With great wealth comes even greater responsibilities and, unless we understand that our wealth ought to be used to help others, we won’t experience that deep inner feeling of contentment.


A Story: The StoneCutter’s Plight
Once upon a time there was a stonecutter. Each day he went up to the mountains to cut stones. And while he worked he sang, for though he was a poor man, he desired no more than he had, so he had not a care in the world.
One day he was called to work on the mansion of a nobleman. When he saw the magnificence of the mansion, he experienced the pain of desire for the first time in his life and he said with a sigh, “If only I were rich! Then I would not have to earn my living in sweat and toil as I do now.”
Imagine his astonishment when he heard a voice say, “Your wish has been granted. Henceforth, anything you desire will be given to you.” He did not know what to make of the words till he returned to his hut that evening and found in its place a mansion as magnificent as the one he had been working on. So the stonecutter gave up cutting stones and began to enjoy the life of the rich.
One day when the afternoon was hot and humid, he happened to look out his window and saw the King go by with a large retinue of noblemen and slaves. He thought, “How I wish I were a King myself, sitting in the cool of the royal carriage!” His wish was promptly carried out and he found himself reclining in the comfort of the royal carriage. But the carriage turned out to be warmer than he had assumed it to be.
He looked out of the carriage window and began to marvel at the power of the sun, whose heat could penetrate even the thick walls of the carriage. “I wish I were the sun,” he said to himself. Once again his wish was granted and he found himself sending out waves of light and heat into the universe.
All went well for a while. Then on a rainy day, he attempted to pierce through a thick bank of clouds and could not. So he got himself changed into a cloud and glorified in his power to keep the sun away — till he turned into rain and found, to his annoyance, a mighty rock that blocked his path so he was obliged to flow around it.
“What?” he cried. “A mere rock more powerful than I? Well, then I wish to be a rock.” So there he was standing tall upon a mountainside. He barely had time to rejoice in his fine figure, however, when he heard strange clipping sounds proceeding from his feet. He looked down and, to his dismay, found a tiny human being sitting there engaged in cutting chunks of stone from his feet.
“What?” he shouted. “A puny creature like that more powerful than an imposing rock like me? I want to be a man!” So he found he was once again a stonecutter going up into the mountain to cut stone, earning his living in sweat and toil but with a song in his heart because he was content to be what he was and to live by what he had. All Stories via Goodweb


“What you focus on expands, and when you focus on the goodness in your life, you create more of it. Opportunities, relationships, even money flowed my way when I learned to be grateful no matter what happened in my life.” Oprah Winfrey

Motivation Mondays: WEALTH - What do we cherish most?

Motivation Mondays: WEALTH – What do we cherish most?

Motivation Mondays: WEALTH - What do we cherish most?

Motivation Mondays: WEALTH – What do we cherish most?

Humility is the true key to success. Successful people lose their way at times. They often embrace and overindulge from the fruits of success. Humility halts this arrogance and self-indulging trap. Humble people share the credit and wealth, remaining focused and hungry to continue the journey of success. Rick Pitino

What is the key to True Wealth? Sadly, we live in an acquisitive world where some folks believe that if they help their fellow-men/women, they would not have enough for themselves. When we operate from a place of greed, and view the world through a prism of limitation, we won’t necessarily end up with more. We might even lose out completely because our tightened fist prevents us from seeing that letting go and receiving just enough is the doorway to abundance. A tight fist prevents new and abundant opportunities from touching our lives and helping us grow. If you’ve ever studied Feng Shui, you’d know that placement of items in our home and knowing about our wealth corner are just a small part of the work you do. You must also understand the importance of clearing space to receive new and abundant opportunities.

Why help strangers and people we don’t even know/like? If we only focus on helping our cronies while excluding others, and making lame justifications about our exclusionary practices, we will remain in the same place – stuck in a cronyism rot with little growth and nothing new to help us learn and grow. As I’ve said elsewhere, being motivated is not just for our growth; it should be like the giving tree – opening opportunities for others to benefit and grow with us. As Rick and others quoted above have said, when we understand the true meaning of the uses of wealth, we recognize that it is about being both humble and helpful. We share our wealth so we too can become abundant in our growth; what some refer to as enjoying the inner riches of the soul.

A Story: The Greedy Monkey
A famous teacher took his pupils into a clearing in the forest that was known as a home for wild monkeys. There he took a hollow gourd with a small hole and inserted sweetened rice (a favorite of monkeys). Then he chained the gourd to a stake and waited with his class. Soon a very large monkey approached, sniffed the rice, inserted his paw, and screeched in frustration when he was unable to withdraw his paw (now a fist) through the narrow opening. Just then a leopard approached and hearing the monkey screeching decided to have monkey for his dinner. “Let go of the rice. Run!” screamed the pupils, but to no avail because the monkey in his hunger for the rice, refused to let go and was as a consequence caught and eaten by the leopard. “What was the trap that killed the monkey?” asked the master. “Rice,” said one student. “The ground,” said another. “No,” replied the wise teacher. “The trap was greed.” An Important Addendum: An old man says he complained only once in all his life — when his feet were bare and he had no money to buy shoes. Then he saw a happy man who had no feet. And he never complained again.

The details for Motivation Mondays are below. Join in! The themes for June and July are:
06/29 – TRUST

07/06 – FREEDOM
07/13 – WORRY
07/20 – WEALTH
07/27 – GRACE

More Below!

“The greatness of a man is not in how much wealth he acquires, but in his integrity and his ability to affect those around him positively.” Bob Marley

Motivation Mondays: WEALTH - What do we cherish most?

Motivation Mondays: WEALTH – What do we cherish most?

Bottom line is, I didn’t return to Apple to make a fortune. I’ve been very lucky in my life and already have one. When I was 25, my net worth was $100 million or so. I decided then that I wasn’t going to let it ruin my life. There’s no way you could ever spend it all, and I don’t view wealth as something that validates my intelligence. Steve Jobs
“I am grateful for the blessings of wealth, but it hasn’t changed who I am. My feet are still on the ground. I’m just wearing better shoes.” Oprah Winfrey

What’s the point in envying other people’s wealth? Some people spend their time being envious of the accomplishments of others and looking for ways to knock them down. What we need to recognize is that when we applaud the successes of others, we attract that energy to ourselves and it can help inspire us to achieve more. Unfortunately, some folks waste their precious time scheming and viciously searching for ways to undermine others and thwart their good fortune. STOP! Think about all the time and energy you’ve invested in minding other people’s business instead of developing your own? Think about all the time you’ve wasted judging, justifying and discriminating against others when you could put your mind and heart to better use. What we spend our time on grows and eventually we become it.

If you believe that supporting/helping others should come with a laundry list of conditions, you are building bridges of fire that might consume you. Help others because it’s the thing to do and see how much more your expansion and growth will become. Some like to say that wealth and success are a mystery but, they are not. True wealth and success arise from the effort we put out there to make life easier for others, and a side effect of that effort can bring material wealth to our doorsteps. Even if it doesn’t bring material wealth our way, then having that inner feeling of contentment is precious and priceless. Go help someone other than your own selfish needs today and see what a difference it makes on everyone and everything around you. Stay Motivated!

Two Stories: Put Envy & Jealousy To Bed
ENVY: After Bankei had passed away, a blind man who lived near the master’s temple told a friend: “Since I am blind, I cannot watch a person’s face, so I must judge his character by the sound of his voice. Ordinarily when I hear someone congratulate another upon his happiness or success, I also hear a secret tone of envy. When condolence is expressed for the misfortune of another, I hear pleasure and satisfaction, as if the one consoling was really glad there was something left to gain in his own world.
“In all my experience, however, Bankei’s voice was always sincere. Whenever he expressed happiness, I heard nothing but happiness, and whenever he expressed sorrow, sorrow was all I heard.”
JEALOUSY: A gifted young painter of extraordinary talent had been apprenticed to a renowned painter, who when he recognized the boy’s gifts became intensely jealous. “No, that is not the way to do it!” he would shout. “You will do better painting houses than pictures.”
Slowly the boy’s confidence ebbed. No matter how hard he tried, the painter found fault and humiliated the boy in front of the other students.
One day the painting assignment was goldfish. The boy closed his eyes and called up a splendid fat fish from his uncle’s pond. This he painted. “No. No. No!” screamed the teacher and threw the boy’s picture into the water, where to everyone’s amazement the painted fish proceeded to swim away. All stories via Goodweb

Positive Motivation Tip: Wealth is more than money in the bank. It is the contentment we feel and the satisfaction we gain from knowing that we have made a difference to someone else, and knowing that we are loved and respected by our family/friends. Go help someone by sharing your wealth of knowledge, goods and love.

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Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
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283 Comments leave one →
  1. Robin Masshole mommy permalink
    20/07/2015 3:02 pm

    I think I am wealthy in the way of having lots of love in my life. To me that’s more valuable than actual money.

  2. Jaime Nicole permalink
    20/07/2015 3:03 pm

    For me, wealth is having my family around me and enjoying their happiness, and having enough so that I don’t have to stress over bills, etc.!

  3. Autumn @ Stay gold Autumn permalink
    20/07/2015 3:45 pm

    I love that you are doing a series on these attributes and how they can impact us. I like the stories!

  4. Brandy M permalink
    20/07/2015 4:18 pm

    My motivation for wealth has always been family. I might not have a lot of money, but I am rich with family

  5. Scott permalink
    20/07/2015 7:07 pm

    Wealth is measured in so many different ways, not just monetarily. You don’t have to have a ton of money to live a wealthy life.

  6. theconservativemommy permalink
    20/07/2015 8:13 pm

    Wealth is well beyond finances. The world would be very different if we all believed and acted on that truth.

  7. Annemarie LeBlanc permalink
    20/07/2015 8:16 pm

    Riches or wealth cannot be measured by the amount of money you have in the bank, by your fancy home or flashy cars. For me, being wealthy is being able to “give out of your own poverty” (to quote Pope Francis).

  8. thebaginvestigator21 permalink
    20/07/2015 8:22 pm

    All of us have different definitions of wealth. For me my wealth is my family and my health. Money can always buys things but the smile and the happiness money can’t give can never be replaced by anything. Thanks for sharing this is such an inspiration

  9. Carolyn permalink
    20/07/2015 9:30 pm

    I like this quote about wealth and want to share it

    “Anything that you learn becomes your wealth, a wealth that cannot be taken away from you; whether you learn it in a building called school or in the school of life. To learn something new is a timeless pleasure and a valuable treasure. And not all things that you learn are taught to you, but many things that you learn you realize you have taught yourself.” ― C. JoyBell

  10. 20/07/2015 9:35 pm

    I am usually happy for everything I have and very grateful for it all. However I need to examine my heart a little more because I am reluctant to help strangers. But I see that it really is necessary to help spread wealth and kindness to others. Its important. Thanks Elizabeth for helping me keep my heart in check and grow in the right areas.

    • 21/07/2015 9:20 pm

      Heather you have a big and generous heart and I’m sure you do great things for others and don’t even think about it… Thank you for all the time and effort you make to leave thoughtful feedback… It is always appreciated. As for helping strangers, we could all do better, myself included. 🙂

  11. loisaltermark permalink
    20/07/2015 9:41 pm

    What a fascinating topic and post! I feel wealthy because I have so much love from my family and friends.

  12. upliftingfam permalink
    20/07/2015 10:19 pm

    Wealth to me means having the financial resources to pay for everything we need and sometimes want. I rather have a wealth of memories with my family. 🙂

  13. Fiona Abbey permalink
    21/07/2015 1:54 am

    Interesting post and hope you found writing it helped you in some way. I know my posts always motivate me, even if I’m not always aware of it.

  14. I Love Paars by: Lee permalink
    21/07/2015 2:03 am

    For some, money and success is wealth. Me, its my family and health. I can have all the money in the world but I dont have a happy family and healthy family members, its useless!

  15. Toni Church (@tonee78) permalink
    21/07/2015 2:44 am

    Great post! I think wealth is the people in your life and your accomplishments.

  16. ronleyba (@ronley_ph) permalink
    21/07/2015 3:26 am

    What does WEALTH mean to you? For me, it;’s all about being healthy. Healthy not just physically but also emotionally and spiritually. Awesome motivational post once again.

  17. Shann Eva permalink
    21/07/2015 5:35 am

    Wealth definitely means different things to different people. I love all the different stories you included.

  18. mrenkema79 permalink
    21/07/2015 6:54 am

    I like that Oprah quote – my feet are still on the ground, I’m just wearing better shoes! 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  19. Esme Sy permalink
    21/07/2015 6:55 am

    I love the story of the stonecutter. We could wish and have all that we want and enjoy them. But in the end, what really matters is contentment. And you are right in saying that contentment is true wealth.

  20. vegetarianmamma permalink
    21/07/2015 7:50 am

    Wealth, is defined differently by so many. For me, I find wealthy in my everyday happiness. It used to be material things, but I’ve come to enjoy the small things in life and I am so much happier.

  21. Happily Simple Mama (@simplemama2013) permalink
    21/07/2015 8:56 am

    Wealth for me is definitely not about money. Some people say that money makes a person happy and I can agree but only to a certain extent. For me wealth is my husband and two boys as well as my parents, sister, and extended family and friends. Without them I would not be at all content.

  22. Jonathan Key permalink
    21/07/2015 9:36 am

    To me wealth is faith, family, friends, and financial freedom. Beautiful pictures!

  23. sicorra permalink
    21/07/2015 9:58 am

    I have never read any of these stories, but they are very interesting, esp the Jealousy and Envy story. I learn so much from reading the stories you share each day. Thanks!!

  24. 21/07/2015 10:32 am

    I love the points you make. I have been around a lot of wealthy people who are extremely unhappy because they have nobody. Then I’ve been around people who have no money and think wealth will solve all their problems. This is all definitely thought provoking!

  25. 21/07/2015 1:02 pm

    Great choices in quotes for this post- i love reading the quotes 🙂

  26. Michele permalink
    21/07/2015 1:14 pm

    I have never had a lot of money-nor was my family wealthy when I was growing up. But what ever we did we had the greatest times! I am perfectly happy being able to pay my bills, have some food in the house and books to read.

  27. Chelley @ A is For Adelaide permalink
    21/07/2015 1:18 pm

    I love the idea the wealth means nothing over family… but it is usually said by people not struggling to keep the lights on. Although I am wealthy in love and a beautiful family, and for that I am thankful!

    • 21/07/2015 9:12 pm

      Actually, it is said more by people who know the true value of what matters most in our lives. There are rich and poor people who value a buck over everything else…

  28. M from The Stay-at-Home Life permalink
    21/07/2015 1:25 pm

    Wealth can be so many things and mean something so different to everyone.

  29. foundfrolicking permalink
    21/07/2015 1:35 pm

    I think it’s odd how the words “wealth” itself has become so grossly directly associated with money. It’s so unfortunate! My family doesn’t have a lot when it comes to finances, but we make do. However, I still consider my family extremely wealthy. We’re fortunate enough to have good health, and each other. That means more to me than all the money in the world!

  30. sacha permalink
    21/07/2015 5:09 pm

    Yes it is. When we are sick and emotionally broken we need our loved ones.

  31. TweenselMom (@TweenselMom) permalink
    21/07/2015 7:11 pm

    i agree! it’s all about perspectives, we all start wealthy when we were born, with the life given to us, our health and our family. It will be up to us on how we will cherish these even if we get old.

  32. Eileen Mendoza Loya permalink
    21/07/2015 7:16 pm

    The measure of wealth is not having lots of money. It is your ability to give your time and talent to those who need it the most. We may not be rich in pocket, but we can always be rich with love in our hearts.

  33. Roberta Blevins permalink
    21/07/2015 7:51 pm

    Great article! I loved the stories and photos. Very powerful 🙂

  34. maggiesblog2 permalink
    21/07/2015 8:58 pm

    Wealth, to me, is not acquired with money. It is acquired through experiences and family and memories. I am wealthy and blessed!

  35. Holly @ Woman Tribune permalink
    21/07/2015 9:03 pm

    There are so many different ways to have wealth in our lives, and your collage really portrays that.

  36. Pooja Kawatra Gupta permalink
    21/07/2015 9:27 pm

    Beautiful post to show the various aspect of life. For me Wealth is when you have your family, loved one are in good health and happy as nothing else matter most.

  37. Carly Brydon Anderson permalink
    21/07/2015 9:31 pm

    Wealth definitely means different things to different people. For me, I feel wealthy because I am healthy, and have a great family and wonderful friends.

  38. phyliciamarie permalink
    21/07/2015 11:47 pm

    I think True Wealth, like you have stated should be a good balance between emotional and material wealth. I think a person would be emotionally wealthy by really helping others without asking for anything in return, no conditions, as mentioned.

  39. Tiffany Yong permalink
    22/07/2015 1:45 am

    Happiness is Wealth. Contentment is wealth. Love is wealth. Wealth is different to everyone yet same for everyone!

  40. Rosey permalink
    22/07/2015 4:13 am

    Wealth is so much more than the traditional thoughts of money. You can have everything (materially-speaking) and not be wealthy, and have nothing (again material speaking) and be very wealthy if you’re surrounded by love and support.

    • 22/07/2015 6:35 am

      That is the kind of wealth I was writing about. Material wealth can be used to change and uplift lives if we put it to great use…

  41. franckxethee permalink
    22/07/2015 5:05 am

    I like the story of the stonecutter. Sometimes, the wealth we perceive is already within us.

  42. Chubskulit Rose permalink
    22/07/2015 5:46 am

    I love this themed motivation linky you have started, very inspiring.

  43. Papaleng Pagulong permalink
    22/07/2015 6:48 am

    My family and friends are all I have but they are gems in my heart.

  44. Fred permalink
    22/07/2015 7:08 am

    People generally equate money with wealth. However health and contentment are the true measures of wealth for me. – Fred

  45. Victoria permalink
    22/07/2015 8:32 am

    This is a great post. It makes you sit back and think about whats really important and what you consider wealth to be. Many people think wealth is money related yet this is not always the case.

  46. Minah permalink
    22/07/2015 9:07 am

    Wealth is my family. I always treasure them and make them feel important.

  47. Sunshine Kelly permalink
    22/07/2015 9:33 am

    Sometimes we are drowned in the world of greed while chasing wealth. As long as we have enough money and saving for our older days.

  48. KarenT permalink
    22/07/2015 10:19 am

    I believe being wealthy spiritually is more than enough.

  49. 22/07/2015 2:56 pm

    Most people don’t realize that true wealth comes from the things you possess that are abstract and not tangible. Material wealth is only temporary.

  50. R U S S permalink
    22/07/2015 3:43 pm

    While most of us see wealth as abundance in material things, we ought to see that wealth comes in other forms. Wealth, for me, are the blessings that have been generously given to me: talents, family, life and a stable job.

  51. Michelle Solee (@michisolee) permalink
    22/07/2015 4:45 pm

    I agree that contentment is wealth. When you learn to be content, you will realize that you have more than you need to be happy.

  52. Anna permalink
    22/07/2015 6:26 pm

    Aside from the love of family and people who matter in your life, it is also fulfilling to be happy in new experiences we gain from travelling. It is intangible and this is very much different from the happiness we get from shopping or buying stuff we dont even need.

  53. Papaleng Pagulong permalink
    22/07/2015 9:14 pm

    Wealth in terms of financial stability is similar to a double edged knife. One should know how to handle it.

  54. Ling Tan permalink
    23/07/2015 3:30 am

    Ah. The story of the stone cutter strikes a cord. Wealth is contentment, indeed. He who do not treasure his wealth, can never be happy!

  55. Melissa Ungco permalink
    23/07/2015 7:07 am

    Reading this made me smile. My family and I are not wealthy but we have a strong bond and we really love it each other. Thank you for reminding me that. 🙂

  56. amayachika permalink
    23/07/2015 7:37 am

    For me, my wealth are my children. My fortune for a lifetime.

  57. Rebecca Swenor permalink
    23/07/2015 12:18 pm

    What a great post indeed and so inspiring. Wealth to me is being happy for who we are and what we have in our life. You don’t have to be rich with money to have a wealthy life. Thanks for sharing.

  58. Lisa Nolan permalink
    23/07/2015 3:06 pm

    Such an important and inspiring post! Love all the graphics! Great job!

  59. Nova permalink
    24/07/2015 4:39 am

    There are so many different definition about wealth, it means money or it means something else.

  60. Shelly permalink
    24/07/2015 6:31 pm

    You know what, I notice that everytime I share my blessings with others, I get blessed more. That’s why I don’t worry about not having enough for myself if I help other people or financially support my parents and siblings when needed (even though I already have my own family). Besides, the happiness I feel when I’m able to help is immense. I don’t know if good karma really exists but the circumstances tell me it does. You’re right in saying that wealth is more than money in the bank. I consider myself wealthy because I am surrounded with awesome family and friends. We have a great support system in each other.

    • 30/07/2015 9:50 am

      Shelly, I wish others would understand this powerful chain of abundant blessings. When we give, we receive in so many other meaningful ways… Selfish people don’t get it. TY! <3

  61. Maria Teresa Figuerres permalink
    24/07/2015 6:52 pm

    The first thing that comes to mind when we see the word “wealth” is money and riches, but wealth can also mean good health, true friends, supportive family and a real and lasting relationship with God.

  62. Shann Eva permalink
    24/07/2015 9:44 pm

    Wealth is the love from my children

  63. Heather permalink
    24/07/2015 10:54 pm

    I have to agree, I think contentment is true wealth. If all my basic needs are met, I should be happy right? I think society teaches us that we shouldn’t, that we need more.

  64. clairemoments permalink
    25/07/2015 7:53 am

    To me, wealth is freedom, family n friends 🙂 Great post there!

  65. Jolleen Ruiz permalink
    25/07/2015 10:36 am

    We are definitely not wealthy, money wise, but we are rich in love. We have three kids and they give us all the happiness in the world. Money is not important to us 🙂

  66. Beth@FrugalFroggie permalink
    25/07/2015 11:09 am

    Wealth does different things to different people. I consider myself wealthy with friends which is important in life.

  67. Lena Blair permalink
    25/07/2015 12:45 pm

    True wealth for me is knowledge, love, family and friends!

  68. Amber Killmon permalink
    25/07/2015 4:43 pm

    For me, wealth is friends and family. I put very little emphasis on material possessions and more focus on the things that touch the heart.

  69. Dawn McAlexander permalink
    25/07/2015 8:01 pm

    I love the pictures you chose for this topic. I think they speak a lot louder than words.

  70. JessicaACassidy permalink
    26/07/2015 6:01 am

    Wealth is when my family is healthy and spend our time even just staying at home swimming, go fishing by our pond and chases our dogs.

  71. Mommy Anna permalink
    26/07/2015 5:23 pm

    WEALTH is a big deal for everybody but it is up to us how we define wealth and how to use it. For me wealth is not just a money, but having my family being contented in life have peace in life and God is the center of our lives that is wealth for me

  72. verabear permalink
    27/07/2015 12:55 am

    I think that I associate the word wealth with having a lot of resources – mostly money. compared to many people in the country, i consider myself quite wealthy because i have access to a lot of resources too. 🙂

  73. verabear permalink
    27/07/2015 12:58 am

    I hope my comment went thru. I consider myself quite wealthy since I have access to much resources when I nneed them 🙂

  74. Celeste @FashionFortuneCookie permalink
    27/07/2015 5:32 pm

    Great post. My wealth is the love that my family has and shares.

  75. Dominique Goh permalink
    28/07/2015 8:41 pm

    wealth certainly cannot be compared to the bonds and love of family. I agree.

  76. maria permalink
    29/07/2015 3:54 pm

    Wealth in terms of financial availability maybe superficial in the longrun especially if it doesn’t make you happy. Wealth is something more of relationships and bonds with the people you care, the intangibles that no one can steal from you.

  77. ronleyba permalink
    29/07/2015 10:01 pm

    Contentment is truly a good indication of wealth. But then again, as humans. we are not contented to what we already have. We always want more.

  78. Grace permalink
    29/07/2015 10:33 pm

    amen to this. i always tell my kids that we are rich not financially but we have a beautiful family with a strong connection

  79. Melgie permalink
    30/07/2015 5:22 am

    Having my beloved family and friends is the greatest wealth I have! Great post, Sis:)

  80. Lai Gamboa (@laigamboa8) permalink
    30/07/2015 3:36 pm

    As long as my loved ones are in good health, I am already contented.

  81. sacha permalink
    31/07/2015 7:06 pm

    I love the motivation and visual illustration!

  82. Mommy Maye permalink
    31/07/2015 7:38 pm

    Before I though having more money is enough to make us happy. Then I prove it wrong, because having wealth is not just about money. Having a family, friends and peace of mind are wealth money can’t buy.

  83. yolomoment permalink
    31/07/2015 8:45 pm

    When we were young we search for wealth but end up forgetting our health. Health is Wealth.

  84. JanzCrystalz/January permalink
    01/08/2015 7:37 am

    Having a lot money doesn’t mean you’re wealthy, there are other things in life that make us wealthy as well in different ways.

  85. janzcrystalz permalink
    01/08/2015 7:40 am

    Having a lot of money doesn’t mean you are wealthy, there are other things that will make us wealthy in different ways.

  86. Marissa Bulatao (@MommyUnwired) permalink
    02/08/2015 4:33 am

    Being truly rich does not just mean having money.

  87. 03/08/2015 12:58 pm

    I also think that contentment and being grateful to all our blessings is wealth.

  88. Nilyn EC Matugas permalink
    04/08/2015 7:36 am

    Wealth isn’t always about money. And I agree, contentment and happiness is always the key. To me, my family is my wealth.

  89. Kristen Wilson (@k10wilson) permalink
    11/12/2015 4:45 pm

    You created a great point.. about wealth, that it means different things to different people.. to me it’s more about success… and being able to do things with my family.

  90. myspiritualshenanigans permalink
    23/10/2019 5:16 am

    This is such an intricate set of stories and insight! I really love the stonecutter one, that’s been a classic favourite in understanding that the grass is always greener on the other side 🙂

  91. Jimmy permalink
    23/10/2019 5:48 am

    great blog and a fantastic read! money doesn’t and can’t buy you happiness!

  92. Zandra Castillo permalink
    23/10/2019 9:12 am

    I agree with the quote that whatever you focus on will expand. That is why I choose to dwell on positive things!

  93. Katy Liang permalink
    23/10/2019 12:43 pm

    That’s a thought provoking story. Wealth is relative, and while comparing to others may be a form of motivation, living a fulfilled life is my definition of ultimate wealth 🙂

  94. sarganser permalink
    23/10/2019 1:51 pm

    thanks for sharing, wealth mean different things to different people, to some it`s financial gain, to some it`s family or as I read somewhere, to Maasai people in Kenya, wealth is counted in how many cows one has.
    I think true wealth goes hand in hand with health, a healthy relationship with family,friends spouse to me is wealth.Knowledge is wealth to me so it can be defined in so many different ways as it has different meaning to individuals.

  95. Nicole Anderson permalink
    23/10/2019 2:36 pm

    What a fabulous post that most people, particularly in the developed world, should read and think about. Unfortunately too many people regard material possessions as being the true measure of wealth. Wealth should equate to happiness and happiness should come as a result of contentment with your life. Obtaining true contentment should come from your own consciousness about what is around you – and therefore involve the genuine concern for others. The joy of giving (in whatever way you can) to benefit others should be the key to real wealth and happiness. If only more people thought about this on a day to day basis, that would make such a difference to the entire world.

  96. Ellen Mika Zelasko permalink
    24/10/2019 2:19 am

    What an amazing post. I love the Stone Cutter Story, so simple and yet so difficult at the same time. I especially liked when you said if each of us lifted up the person next to us what an effect we could have on the entire world!

  97. Mira - The Handy Journal permalink
    24/10/2019 5:29 am

    very important topic! envying others will only leave us with pain and misery! Wealth and being satisfied with the little things in life is where true happiness relies!

  98. Bree permalink
    24/10/2019 7:41 am

    I like the idea of using your wealth to serve a better purpose, very inspiring!

  99. Lyosha Varezhkina permalink
    24/10/2019 8:55 am

    very inspirational and wise post! It is a real wealth here

  100. Simon Starchevsky permalink
    24/10/2019 10:48 am

    Fantastic outline of the negative impact of wealth on the human psyche, as well as steps we need to take in order to use it for the good of mankind.

  101. Lulu permalink
    24/10/2019 1:45 pm

    I want a better pair of shoes. But then again I am happy with what I have. Your blog is very enlightening.

  102. Eileen M Loya permalink
    24/10/2019 3:21 pm

    I am not one who would go after wordly pleasures. My wealth is my family and my faith in God. That is all that I need in life.

  103. catherine santiago jose permalink
    24/10/2019 8:31 pm

    When I was a child wealth means to me more on material things but tit change when I became a wife and mother. Now wealth means to me is keeping my happy, love and healthy.

  104. Sundeep permalink
    24/10/2019 11:01 pm

    To be very honest My Family is my real wealth. Many people are so poor because the only thing they have is money

  105. AMY permalink
    25/10/2019 2:52 am

    Wealth. Wealth is not only how rich you are. for me Wealth is what happy life you have, Because you cant bring money or any material in your grave. Only those special and happy memories that you can bring on your journey. That is the real Wealth for me. The memories.

  106. Maureen permalink
    25/10/2019 6:43 am

    There is no better wealth than the one money can’t buy. One can drive the best cars, live in the biggest mansions and have the fattest of bank accounts but our graves will remain the same size. It’s good to be financially wealthy, but I’d rather be wealthy all around-mentally, physically, spiritually.

  107. Jasmine - Blogging and Living permalink
    25/10/2019 6:47 am

    Wealth used to mean money to me… but now it’s all about having wealth as in an overwhelming abundance of love, memories, and healthy relationships with others. Don’t get me wrong… I do sometimes wish I had more money, but what I currently have does make me feel pretty happy.

  108. Polly Amora permalink
    25/10/2019 7:52 am

    My mom always told me that it’s always good to help others even if we don’t know or like them. We’ll never know what the other is going through.

  109. Pink Frenzy/Öku Möku (@Pink_Frenzy) permalink
    25/10/2019 8:40 am

    I think the wealth that matters in not material, but the people in your life and the experience you get in life x


  110. 25/10/2019 11:06 am

    The story about the StoneCutter’s Plight is so meaningful. I like it. I see this happen to so many people – wishing having different lives only to find out that the lives they used to have is actually the best

  111. Blairvillanueva permalink
    26/10/2019 4:01 pm

    Wealth defines in many ways in different people. Some wealthy people think they are still poor because their wealth isn’t enough to make them happy, for example no happiness with family or friends.

  112. Kimberly C permalink
    26/10/2019 5:17 pm

    Interesting blog… Wealth is often associated to money, but I really think it’s the overall picture that I would associate it with. One can be wealthy in many areas of life. Personally, happy family life and good health in combination with solid finances is a good start. This one made me think 😉

  113. SHoppers Gossip permalink
    27/10/2019 10:50 pm

    You created a good points… about wealth and family, that it means different things to different people. Health is wealth! Family is everything.

  114. ukiyoto123 permalink
    28/10/2019 6:16 pm

    great read simply loved it..:)

  115. Ch. Nikhila permalink
    28/10/2019 8:48 pm

    That’s a fantastic read. The story is great too.

  116. Mila R permalink
    28/10/2019 8:48 pm

    I love this one: For a successful entrepreneur it can mean extreme wealth. But with extreme wealth comes extreme responsibility!


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