Great discussion the last two days about moving certain people out of your life, and replacing them with others. And I want to talk about how you attract positive people. But a couple of things I want to deal with first.
Let’s start with a look at my inner circle. Probably the friend who is closest to me in the world, I will call “Diego.” Now Diego is quite an anomaly in today’s society…
When I met him, he lived in an efficiency is South Beach with no telephone or television. Now the reason that he didn’t have either wasn’t because he couldn’t afford them. (Although he couldn’t.) He simply didn’t have any desire for them.
At that time, he worked with a Swami, helping conduct Sat-sangs and private Darshans. After that he worked on his own as an energy healer, and had a small but fiercely loyal clientele. He lived on probably $8,000 a year. And never really wanted for much. He spent his days working out on the beach, studying spiritual issues, and meditating.
Diego appreciated the beauty of my Vipers and Aston Martin, but no more than he appreciates the simplicity of a VW Beetle or Mini Cooper. He loves the style in each, but wouldn’t know which one costs $15,000 and which is $150,000. Nor would he care.
A couple years ago, I finally insisted that he get a phone and print business cards, both of which I paid for as part of my consciousness of sowing seeds. I encouraged him to raise his fees, which he did.
So nowadays, I would guess he lives on $20,000 a year, which seems wildly extravagant to him. Some weekends I make more than he earns in ten years. We come from quite different backgrounds and have very different lifestyles.
Yet I would put my hand on fire for him, and he would do the same for me. We have a true bond of friendship, stronger than twisted steel. And I have no judgment of his income or lifestyle. In fact he’s one of the people I respect most in the world. So here’s the question…
If everyone in my circle of closest friends earned what he does, what do you think that would do to my consciousness, my expectations of myself, and my view of the world?
Think about it some and please share your thoughts. Then next post we’ll move on from there.