Holidays so often fall short of giving us what we all seek most– a connection to what made us feel connected and a special part of our family and friends. Read the rest of this entry »
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T”is the season to be jolly,
Spend your money but don’t be sorry,
Buy a gift for the ones you adore,
But don’t get stuck with what you can’t afford,
For it’s not the amount of money you spend,
It’s always the thought that counts in the end!
I’ve recently had conversations with three very different couples – different backgrounds, different ages, different cultures – but they shared a commonality in financial incompatibility. Read the rest of this entry »
The current markets are nervous, full of uncertainty and highly reactive to any news – positive and negative. Investors are confused by the daily fluctuations and are challenged to maintain a sense of calm and control. Read the rest of this entry »
The Arab Spring is about hope and freedom of choice, peace of mind and ability to earn a living to fulfill one’s dreams.
The good life is one Americans have had for many years, but what is the good life and how can we find it for ourselves in these difficult economic times?
What’s your richest life? Have you ever thought about it? How would you describe the feeling of being rich? Forget money for a moment and think about how you would use your resources of time and money to create a rich life. For example, where are you and what are you doing? How are you feeling? What are you sensing? Take a snapshot.
Is it easy to know? Is it easy to feel? Can you picture yourself there?
Are you in a city walking and taking in the window art, museums, music, and the great variety of good restaurants? Or are you in the country taking in the birds chanting, flowers blooming, and the fresh clean air? Or is it both?
We all have our personal definition of “the rich life” but it’s not as easy to conceptualize for some cultures, particularly Americans these days. When I ask the question, a common expression is a blank stare and an inability to articulate what feeling rich is like for them. They often retort “I’ll have to think about that”.
Good idea. If we don’t know what it feels like and would look like, then we can’t very well create it for ourselves. We might just fall into it but that’s doubtful. So, like anything else, it takes knowing and planning.
It’s been my experience that we have to look outside of money first and then calculate the use of money in planning our rich life. It’s the importance of money, commercialism to be specific, that takes center stage when we think of being and feeling rich. We somehow don’t get past that sense of rich – rich in money and stuff–to a definition of being rich in our sense of self or feeling fulfilled.
As an American, I might describe a rich life as the ability to buy my dream house with all of the latest gadgets and luxuries, or the number of high-tech gadgets I can buy for my family. In Germany, it may be the affordability of a fabulous education, clean air and affordable health care. While in France, I may feel rich because I have a two-hour lunch at home each day and six weeks of vacation. Our culture and our family upbringing certainly play a role.
In the very end, our personal decision is all that matters as long as we know ourselves and what truly will give us a sense of personal peace and fulfillment. After all, we already have choices and need not bear arms to do what we believe is most fulfilling.