What do you think of when a person says poor? I think of the Christmas Tale where Scrooge’s assistant goes home in rags, his children are dressed in rags, he has barely any food, and still has a smile on his face. I also seem to think of people who don’t have anything despite having everything. Does that make sense?
If I look at my budget book materialistically, I am poor but not dirt broke like Scrooge’ s assistant. Just money is tight like every fighting family! My cloths come from thrift stores because it’s to expensive to buy brand new (besides you can find some really neat and clean brand new at thrift stores) my children don’t ware “it” clothing! I don’t wear in seasons cloths, I don’t own a new car, or have a fancy house. My sofa is broken my dinning tabel came from a yard sale, I shop at the dollar store. I could go on and list all the things that I don’t own new or second hand. Which there is nothing wrong with that.
What I do have is love and my faith. So I am rich because my happiness can not be bought. I am rich because of what I do have in my life which most people can’t say that. I’ve never been to the Bahamas or had a fancy three night stay at a fancy hotel because I have to keep my non fancy jedi’s alive and well fed. I never had a honeymoon and never went on big adventures.
What I have done is made a life adventure with my family,
Oh, the Places You’ll Go!
took fun trips to the park, and made plenty of memories with out having to pay for any of it. I don’t have to buy love.
Let’s start here, I have my children who bring me joy everyday. Yes everyday even when my wild things upset me, defy me, and make me angry! I look at my children and know I am blessed because not everyone can have children, and not everyone wants children! I am rich because I have children who listen, who have faith much like me, and who love each other.
I have a husband who God has blessed me with to love, yes we have bad times, but we push through it. He is my partner in crime and helps me, he lifts me up when I am down. I have a mother who loves me, grandparents who are always there, a father that is awesome, a aunt who is the awesome one too, and I have my faith. Which the last one is the biggest one because with out that I’m sure I wouldn’t have of been blessed half as good! With out my faith I would be stuck in a materialistic world that only focuses on what I need to upgrade and buy to have it all. Well I already have it all!
I don’t need money to be happy because I have everything.
Everything isn’t a house, it isn’t money, and it isn’t fancy things. My wealth is in my son’s and daughter, my wealth is my family that supports me, my wealth is my faith, the list could go on and on. I think we need to stop looking at what things we think we need to have and look at what we already have.
So here is a challenge, look around, look at all the things in life you are blessed with. Whether it be your children, husband, family, talents, etc, we are blessed! We are rich in the most down of time and most of us forget to acknowledge it!
What are you blessed with?