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#265: What Would You Do With Wealth?

Sunday, March 21, 2010

I have long been intrigued by the world of business, celebrity and wealth, although celebrity and wealth have not yet settled themselves on my front porch.

Still, one of my favorite television shows is Donald Trump's "The Celebrity Apprentice." If you haven't seen this program, two teams of men and women celebrities compete to win various projects with all money raised going to charity.

When I watch shows such as this one or read about wealthy people, I wonder what I would do if I were financially rich.

Of course, I would pay my bills, help my family and tithe, but beyond that there are so many worthwhile people and organizations in the world, how can a person make wise decisions on which to help?

Literacy, homelessness, animal rescue, cancer, diabetes, the list is endless.

But, after many years of daydreaming about it, here's what I have decided:

While I can guess that being financially well off has it's advantages, I am comfortable having a different kind of wealth, the kind that comes from a belief in something greater than myself, the kind that has given me certain skills with which I am able t0 help people and causes whenever and however I can, the kind that comes from having a few very close friends I trust implicitly.

I prefer the wealth that has given me compassion for others and sympathy for those who are hurting, lonely and sad.

To me, this wealth is greater than money. Sure, I may not be able to assist those in need with a check, but I am able to and do assist them with my mind, my time, my talents and my heart.

And that, my friends, is enormously satisfying.



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  • CODE7WIFE
    Lou...you have the best heart! I feel exactly the same! Thanks for the awesome post! emoticon
    3995 days ago
  • SPARKLOVE
    Winston Churchill:
    We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.



    3996 days ago
  • GIBBLES5
    That was awesome Lou!!!!
    3996 days ago
  • no profile photo YW84FRIDAY
    Awesome blog, Lou. I agree wholeheartedly. I've never had much but I am content with my life and with the blessings God has given me. And I am so blessed that my girls have "caught" that attitude too! I call it an "Attitude of Gratitude". Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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    3996 days ago
  • no profile photo CD2833646
    I thought I had commented yesterday! It must have been when my computer crashed. :-/
    Anyway, I agree - the money isn't the important thing. The possessions aren't the big issues. Each other is the biggest thing ever! Love counts!
    3996 days ago
  • no profile photo CD5855335
    So true, having lost a student at our school recently has really made me realize people and loving them is so much more important than any monetary riches this world can bring.
    3997 days ago
  • CINDYHOUGHTON
    Better is a good name than wealth and the sorrow that comes with it. Thanks for all your constant support my frined!
    3997 days ago
  • SUNRISE14
    Love your blog! Exspecially like the part about the faith and paying tithes on what you get. Not many do that anymore. The things that are important money can't buy! Love peace joy compassion and i could go on and on but you can have all the money in the world and not be able to purchase them. My hearts desire is to help th appalachia children more than anything but if i had money i'd enjoy maybe 100 dollars buying a few things for me and give the rest to the needy. THANK YOU FOR MAKING MY DAY ! GOOD LUCK ON YOUR WEIGHT LOSS JOURNEY! emoticon
    3997 days ago
  • no profile photo CD4114015
    I so agree with you, Lou. The last kind of wealth is far more important. Think how "poor" we would be without Jesus in our lives...no matter how much MONEY we have!
    Gaye
    3997 days ago
  • LINDA25427
    LOVE YOUR BLOG. BEING POOR IN THE SENSE OF NOT HAVING MONEY .I WOULD LOVE TO KNOW WHAT IT FELT LIKE TO BE ABLE TO NOT LOOK AT PRICES TAGS WHEN I GO SHOPPING OR GETTING GROCERIES AND I WOULD LIKE TO BE ABLE TO HELP FAMILY MEMBERS THAT ARE AS DESUETUDE AS I AM .I AM HAPPY FOR PEOPLE THAT HAVE MOMEY BUT JUST WISH WE ALL COULD HAVE A LITTLE SLICE OF THE PIE AS TO SPEEK. HOPE YOU HAVE A GREAT WEEK . GOD BLESS. emoticon emoticon
    3997 days ago
  • DAWNWATERWOMAN
    Love this blog. You're right, there are so many more riches than MONEY. Love ya, Dawn
    3997 days ago
  • SINGLEMOM1960
    And believe me, you are already wealthier than all the richest people in the world combined!

    Praise the Lord for that!
    3997 days ago
  • LESLIES537
    Love it!! The world is a special place b/c of people like you! emoticon
    3997 days ago
  • PEPPERLEAH
    Wonderful blog, Lou. You are so right; there are countless ways to help other than with financial donations. I, like you, would help financially if it were available. So, we find other ways of helping. And they are very gratifying!
    3997 days ago
  • MOMMA_LITTLE
    Yes, your blog is so TRUE! I, for one, have been a recipient of your kind heart, and I wouldn't want you to trade it for money, either! emoticon
    3997 days ago
  • no profile photo CD2833646
    Amen.
    3997 days ago
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