Wealth to me is so much more than just money. It’s about well-being and health, happiness, and a fullness to life. Money allows us to do things we enjoy, and respond to life in more comfortable ways. If there is an emergency, you have money to be of assistance, to handle issues or to fly where you need to. If you don’t have money, your choices are limited. I know what it’s like to be broke. I filed for bankruptcy many years ago and had two homes foreclosed on. While I was still recovering financially, I had to make money decisions that equated to this or that? I held off on many things that, in hindsight, I wish I hadn’t. One such event was I missed my grandmother’s 90th birthday party. I couldn’t afford the trip, didn’t want to ask for money and was defiant about not going. I didn’t know that my great aunt was sick and that would have given me the opportunity to see her before she passed away. Or that my grandmother’s memory was failing and in the years after that when she lived with my parents, she wouldn’t always remember my name. She recognized me, and knew she loved me, just didn’t hear my name said much.
I know the weight of debt, the worry when someone runs your credit card, or how it feels like an elephant is sitting on your chest as you might be having trouble breathing under the weight of it all.
Wealth is the ability to be present in the moment and not worrying. Wealth is about a feeling. Are you safe in this moment? Are you physically safe is one part of that question. If you’re not in a safe environment, get to one as quickly as possible. If you’re safe physically, are you safe mentally and emotionally? I know for me, my darkest days were when I was facing my financial challenges and I had to consciously choose to survive and figure out how to get myself out of the mess I made. I knew that if I played with suicidal thoughts, eventually I would cross a point of no return and I didn’t want to do that to my family, nor take the risk of being separated from God for eternity.
What would it feel like to have an extra $50 or $100 in your account? If you have more money but are still feeling the pressure of debt, what would it feel like for that pressure to be gone? To have breathing room, to have a sense of well-being? I’d love to know your answer so please comment below.