Daily Meditation

The Old Thought That One Cannot Be Rich-Daily Meditation 2.23.23

Today’s quotation:

The old thought that one cannot be rich except at the expense of his or her neighbor must pass away.  True prosperity adds to the richness of the whole world, such as that of the person who makes two trees grow where only one grew before.  The parasitical belief in prosperity as coming from the sacrifices of others has no place in the mind that thinks true.  My benefit is your benefit, and your success is my success, which should be the basis of all our wealth.-Anne Rix Miltz

Today’s Meditation:

The prosperity that causes others to be poor is no prosperity at all.  Instead, it’s a rather sad way of trying to be successful, a way to look after ourselves while ignoring the needs and desires of our fellow human beings.  It’s a very lonely way to live and a very destructive one.  If we try to build our prosperity on the poverty of other human beings, we’ve lost much of our own humanity because we see ourselves not as a part of humanity but separate from humanity, willing to make others suffer as we pick the pockets of their own wealth.

Any gain I make, I want to be a result of a contribution to others, not a result of taking from others.  My use of goods that I have in life should be made to benefit others in addition to me.  If I’m to be truly prosperous, I have to share my prosperity–which is something that we don’t see nearly enough of in the world currently, where it seems that everyone is out for what they can get for themselves.

It’s also important to remember that we can be incredibly prosperous just by keeping our wants and needs simpler.  If I can afford to eat out every so often, then I’m prosperous unless I feel that I should eat out every night and can’t afford to do so.  Then I’m suffering from poverty.  If I feel I need a $150 pair of pants but can’t afford them, I have a problem.  If I’m okay with a nice pair of pants that cost $20-30 and can afford them, then I’m living a prosperous life.

We have many things– gadgets, tools, electronics, toys, vehicles, and houses.  But when we see and hear how many people are unhappy, we have to conclude that we’re not that prosperous.  Let’s look for prosperity in ways that will help others and simplify our lives.

Questions to consider if One Cannot Be Rich:

How do you define “prosperity”?  Are you prosperous?

Why do so many of us see prosperity only as something excessive?

What are some steps you might take to become more prosperous?

For further thought regarding if One Cannot Be Rich:

We’ve got the most prosperous culture in human history, and we’ve also got the most significant spiritual hole in human history.  People are saying, “I can’t fill the hole with money.  I can’t fill it with alcohol, or drugs, or sex, so what do I need to fill it with?”-Mark Victor Hansen

If you missed yesterday’s Daily Meditation, it is right here.

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BeckyWillis is a "glass is half full" type of person, so she decided that she would share that with others. After going on 15 years in the blogosphere she decided it was time to make a change and in doing so help uplift others. Her husband is her biggest cheerleader; you can visit his site at https://lifeasrog.com.

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