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Rich Living: The Basics

One of the nifty things about having a blog with a nonsensical title is that you can veer madly in a different direction and nobody can seriously complain that the blog is no longer as advertised.

So far here I’ve talked about free writing techniques and my Word Art and now I feel like adding another category to the mix.  Because the 2,000+ words in True Wealth didn’t really cover all I had to say about my notions of how to live what I call a rich life.

You do not have to be a rich person to live a rich life.  Rich living is, in fact, entirely independent of how much money you have coming in or tucked away in the bank.  You can be down to your last dime and out on the streets and still live a rich life.  (In some ways, it might even be easier to.)  You don’t have to be dirt poor to live a rich life, either.  I’m not knocking money, it’s great stuff to have and I sure as hell could use some right now, but I’m not letting my current situation get in the way of living richly.

There are two kinds of poverty–the poverty of the material and the poverty of the soul.  There’s been a lot of noise going on about the former but talk of the latter is seen as something you can only worry about when you’ve gotten your material situation completely to your satisfaction.  Not just your basic needs covered, mind you, but the ideal job, the ideal income, the ideal location and no more worries ever.  Then, and only then, can you take your nose off of the grindstone and pay attention to your surroundings.  Until then, you have work to do, dammit, whether it’s the job you’re making your way through until retirement or the business you’re trying to launch, anticipating that indefinable sense of having arrived.

Right now, a lot of people are still thrashing in that state of uncertainty, waiting for something to happen, waiting for things to get better, waiting for the perfect arrangement of economic forces to restore a sense of security.  And in the meantime they condemn themselves to the worst kind of poverty, the poverty that in fact requires far less to be alleviated than people realize.

You do not have to wait until you can quit the sucky job and start your fabulous business to live a rich life.

You do not have to wait until you have enough cash in the bank.

You do not have to wait until you can afford to buy a place and stop renting.

You do not have to wait until you’ve found the love of your life.

You do not have to wait for the pain to go away.

You do not have to wait for anything.

Be present.

Be grateful.

Be curious.

Be yourself.

Those are all you need.  Right here, right now.


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