#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.