Wednesday, February 4

True Poverty and Wealth.............. 2/4/15

      I wrote the following today.

      As a comment on another blog.  The subject was how we should look at the poor.  I thought I'd share it with you:

      "We may need to change our per-spective. Often success is evaluated from an external perspective---the acquiring of things and how expensive these items are.  Whether it be it a house, clothing or jewelry. 

      "Abundance is not in how much we have, but in how much we enjoy." 
 "I have seen those who may be con-sidered as poor who were incred-ibly wealthy. They may not have had money to buy a gift for a loved one, but they used a pencil to write them a poem, draw them a picture or picked up a guitar and composed a song for the person cherished. 
      "So, who are truly the poor?  I know many considered wealthy people who are utterly poor.  They are poor in character.  Or they are judgmental.  They are unloving and insensitive.
     "Or perhaps destitute of character, who cannot connect with others.  Or they are bitter or arrogant.  And  what makes a person rich? It was not a matter how they have materially.   Their abundance is that they bless others with kindness, sensitivty and love. 
     "This is my roundabout answer to the question about poverty.  I don't assess a person by the car, job or money he has or doesn't have.  Most everyone can offer wealth.  We just need to see beyond their title, looks, ethnicity, name or what part of town they come from."
1.  I paced my day today.  That's taking care of me.
2.  I was diligent about work that was important, but not urgent, that can easily be ignored, but becomes urgent within a few weeks of neglect. I love the feeling of effectiveness I have, because of what I have done.
3.  My life is more ordered because of administrative work I have been focusing on since Sunday.
4.  Met with friends tonight.  It was terrific, the honesty, openness and vulnerability we shared with each other.
5.   I slept in today. Ya ay.  Rest is critical, if I am to thrive. 

1 comment:

Thumper said...

Dear Pablo,

I agree with you when you make your point about wealth should not be measured by how much money or things you acquire. There are definately people who are poor in spirit, character and kindness. Spreading joy by doing for others does not have to cost anything. A warm smile, a kind greeting or listening ear can bring great wealth to another perosn's day.

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