By Counselor Karen: In this day and age, everyone is so busy trying to impress everyone else. But does having money and power determine who you are as a person? Does having financial success make you better than someone else? The answer to that is very clear. Money does not determine who you are, your attitude with or without it does!
“Keeping up with the Jones” is hard work. I feel like a lot of people struggle with depression and anxiety over not having as much as someone else may have. Life tends to have a different path for everyone. Some have to work harder to stay afloat while others seem to just get lucky in life along the way. But that is okay because it is how you handle your situation financially that allows people to see you for who you are and not what you have.
A giving person is a beautiful trait. I know that even in hard times my husband and I have always been givers. I am a true believer when you share what you little you have that God blesses you even more. I don’t waste time stressing over the daily bills, or how I will handle them because of the faith I have that God has me financially where He wants me to be.
I also know that money can change a person. Greed can take over someone that comes into a lot of money or who does not appreciate the money they take in. Money is an object. Money is not who you are. Many people tend to judge those with less. That is very sad. But on the other hand, I would rather not be rich in money but rich in love. I find the people that have to work the hardest and seem to never find the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow are so down to earth. They know what it is like to be down and out so they tend to understand their blessings as they come. They tend to share what little they have.
If you have a roof over your head, food in your belly and a loving family, you are far richer than most. Money is something we need to earn to live, but it does not have to be a controlling factor in our happiness. There are so many things you can do and see without having a ton of money. Joy does not come from taking lavish vacations or spending on shopping sprees. Joy comes from being rich in love and matters of the heart. Family is worth more than money, love is worth more than money, and respect comes when you are humble.
Lately I have been reminded of just how much others have and how they have automatic respect for having more. People want to spend more time with them because they feel they can offer more to them. What comes to mind to me in that is that we work just as hard if not harder as they do, but it’s just not meant for us to be “rich” as with others. You know that is okay with me! A rich heart can give so much more than a lavish gift, or a braggatory life. A rich heart allows us to fully experience life as it’s meant to be lived. It allows us to find joy in other things. To really see the beauty in little things and especially in others. To walk in the footsteps of those that have less is humbling and it causes us to be empathic and compassionate. It makes us better people. We are to grow in this life to be that.
I am not saying everyone with money is a bad person. There are many people with money that are very giving and do a lot for others. I do believe some are blessed with money because they will do good with it. But sometimes with money comes an attitude, and expectation of wanting better or more. And because of that the majority of people in this life are walking around wanting someone else’s life and losing sight of the beautiful life they have already.
In this life we are afforded the benefits of health, wealth and love. Usually when you have more of one thing you lack in another. If I had to choose of the three, I would definitely choose health and love. Having someone’s affections is much more than money can buy and being healthy allows you to enjoy life.
So next time you are jealous of someone else that seems to “HAVE IT ALL,” remember that you are far richer and that God trusted you to have less because He knew that you would be a benefit to many more people. If you work and have a job you are successful, if you provide for your family, you are successful, but mostly if you are a loving person with a huge heart, you have bypassed financial success you are a HUGE SUCCESS! You are not defined by money, but who you are. No one can ever take away your integrity.
I wrote this article not to discourage financial success because let’s face it, we all strive to have more, but mostly to lift the spirits of those that feel they are nothing without money or are struggling to get there. Joy comes from accepting where you are and finding peace in that place in order to open doors to more. If you are lucky enough to find that financial success just remember your humbling past to do something good with it!
So while having less is not always the life you envisioned, think how blessed you are that you have a life!
Love and Light,
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