Their every move is tracked, discussed and debated. Who wore what, who’s together, who’s gained weight, on and on it goes.
There wouldn’t be a million magazines and TV shows focused on the details of celebrities if it wasn’t being lapped up by the masses.
Have you ever stopped to think about actually makes someone rich?
Our society is quick to outline it for you if you allow it. It will tell you all the things you must acquire in order to be allowed in the club. It will tell you how you must look, what you must wear, who you must hang out with, where you must live, how you must raise your family. And worst of all, it will tell you that you are a nobody until you jump through all the hoops.
I have a different idea of what rich means.
Traveling to sixteen countries, some of the richest people I met would be considered poor in Hollywood. I learned that riches are not always measured in bank accounts, retirement funds and trusts. In fact, we often overlook our ten greatest riches.
Here are ten ways to determine if you are rich:
~You are alive.
~You are in good health.
~You can see.
~You can smell.
~You can hear.
~You can taste.
~You can walk.
~You can talk.
~You can read.
~You can love.
Don’t say, oh Monique, everyone has these…because they don’t. Please don’t make the mistake of taking these ten things, the true riches, for granted. They are meant to be appreciated now.
So the next time you think you’re poor, read through this list and remind yourself of the truth.
Everyday that we get to wake up and see the sun shining through the curtains is a reminder that we are blessed.
Everyday that we get to stand on our own two feet to get something to eat is a reminder that life is good.
And everyday that we get another twenty four hours is a reminder that there’s more for us to enjoy.
“Some of the richest people in life do not have money. What makes someone rich? Their bank account? Their savings? The bottom line? What if the bottom line was a tally of friendships made, of families gathered, of sunsets watched, of laughs shared or of communities helped? What if everyone tried to maximize that kind of bottom line?
One thing is for sure. The world would be richer for it.”
Hungry for More, Monique Alvarez p.s. If there are typos, spelling or grammar mistakes in this post don’t worry about. Those are the kinds of things I’ve worried about for FAR too long. It’s time to just get it out and who cares if it’s not perfect, it’s from the heart! p.s.s. My book Celebrate Life 365 Ways is now available at Amazon.com (both the paperback and Kindle edition). Thank you for joining the celebration! ;)