You know what prosperity is really about? Living rich. And rich means many things to many people.
Got a chance to really reflect on that with an email I got from Art Jonak. He was relaying the story of a guy that recently sold his home, cars, and pretty much all his possessions. He now can carry everything he owns in a backpack.
He’s joined what he’s calling the minimalism movement. Says that all of the things he had were bringing him stress, and now he feels free.
If that’s working for him, good on him. If memory serves, he has one pair of jeans, two pair of shorts, and five t-shirts. It almost sounds romantic. Kind of like joining the monastery, which I considered at one time in my life.
But neither the monastery life nor the minimalism life are the life for me…
I’m a jeans and t-shirt kind of guy. But I also love picking out the right Stefano Ricci tie to pull together a suit for an elegant dinner. Putting on a tux for the opening night gala at the opera. Perusing the key drawer to decide which sports car to take today.
Yes money and things come with responsibilities. And when they bring you stress it’s time to release them. But they can also bring you joy.
It’s not just things, of course…
Living rich is having energy to play with your kids or grandkids. Having people around you who you love. And doing work with meaning all spring to mind.
One thing is certain. If your life is boring, it’s not the life you were meant to live.
So what does all this mean to you? What does living rich look like to you? And are you living that way?