Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Are You Rich Or Poor? How to Tell

Do you believe you are rich or poor? If you have enough and some to spare you are rich. If you do not have enough and have nothing to spare, you are poor.

One of the keys that will prop open the door to prosperity is the knowledge that you always have something to give. It may as sweet as a smile or as rare as understanding and acceptance. The generosity of encouragement has strong power to uplift or hold someone up who is about to fall over. A hand to hold can provide a lifeline. Perhaps you can provide actual help with a task or trouble? It could be money too, of course.

I have seen people blast out of poverty consciousness by daring to donate some of their store of cash to a worthy cause, or by leaving a tip to brighten someone's day.

A friend who barely had enough income to scrape by, pledged to give $10 a month to an organization dedicated to ending world hunger at an event we attended. When I whispered, "You don't have to do that." "She replied, "I can do that. I know what it is like not to be able to feed your children. I can do that."

Coincidence, or prime-the-pump Karma? She got a job soon after. It paid enough to move the specter of all-out-of-money farther away than it had ever been in her life.

On the flip side, I live in a fairly affluent community filled with many generous and kind people – and a few who look as if they believe if they smile, they will lose something they can never get back. A poster pops up on Facebook lately. It says, "Some people are so poor all they have is money." I know a few of those people too. The suffer just like those who struggle to pay the rent.

Are you rich or poor? What do you believe? I'd love to know.


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  1. I've been rich, I've been poor. It's seems I go in phases. I've noticed that the wiser I get (just cause I don't want to say the older I get ;) ) I spend longer periods of time in the "rich" phase. And when I'm in that phase, I love me, I'm inspired and I inspire others.
    Jasmyne :-)

  2. I have been very short of paper money, and currently am more cash poor than I have ever been. However, I feel as rich as a king, I have an amazing life, wonderful friends, supportive network and I'm grateful every day I'm alive. I have more love and smiles and supportiveness than I could ever give away, even if I loved everyone everyday.
    I'm rich :-)

  3. I am amongst the richest people in the world.
    It wasn’t long ago that I found out I am rich. It is a bit weird to finally know that I am among the group who I envied and passionately hated since, well, as long as I remember. I have no idea why I felt what I felt though. Well, now I am rich and I enjoy every bit of it – BTW I am very happy and grateful for that. It is so lovely, and all those rich people that I felt strongly towards to? Well, with them it is like a family reunion.
    There are still times that I catch myself reading my mind or hearing its old content of scarcity and get disturbed by it and consequently lose my own worth. Most of the time though, I am conscious enough to notice my emotional change just the same way that I would notice if the perfect hot shower suddenly changes to freezing cold. Whenever I catch what went through my mind, I smile, there and then. It's funny thing, mind? The trouble is when we lose our selves in it.
    How rich are you? One might ask me - Well, I am as rich as a bird; I always guide myself to whatever I want, including to our remarkable medium of exchange called sweet money.

  4. Thank you for these wondrful comments and insights.


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