Wealth

1 obsolete: weal, welfare
2: abundance of valuable material possessions or resources
3: abundant supply: profusion
4 (a): all property that has a money value or an exchangeable value; (b): all materials objects that have economic utility; especially; the stock of useful goods having economic value in existence at any one time

Source: www.merriam-webster.com

Etymology

Wealth (n.): mid-13th century, “happiness,” also “prosperity in abundance of possessions or riches,” from Middle English welewell-being” (related: weal) on analogy of health.

Weal (n.): “well-being,” Old English welawealth,” in late Old English also “welfare, well-being,” from West Germanic welon-, from Proto-Indo-European root wel-to wish, will.” Related to well.

 

 

Source: www.etymonline.com

Wisdom

“If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich. [January 20, 1961 Inaugural Address]

John F. Kennedy (1917-1963, the 35th U.S. President, the youngest man elected to the office, the first Roman Catholic president, and the youngest to die in office; recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for “Profiles in Courage”)

Bio Source:

www.whitehouse.gov/1600/presidents/johnfkennedy

“Fortune sides with him who dares.”

Virgil (also spelled Vergil, 70 BC -19 BC, Publius Vergilius Maro, Roman poet known for three major works of literature, the “Eclogues,” the “Georgics,” and the epic “Aeneid”)

Bio Source:

www.britannica.com/biography/Virgil

“If you are willing to do only what’s easy, life will be hard. But if you are willing to do what’s hard, life will be easy.”

T. Harv Eker (b. 1954, author, businessman, and motivational speaker, best known for his best-selling books, “Secrets of the Millionaire Mind” and “SpeedWealth”)

Bio Source:

www.harveker.com

“Happiness is not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort.”

Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882-1945, 32nd president elected four times from 1933-1945, who led the United States through the Great Depression and World War II)

Bio Source:

www.biography.com/people/franklin-d-roosevelt-9463381

“Don't set your goals by what other people deem important.”

Jaachynma N.E. Agu (author, novelist, poet, essayist, news caster, “leader of positive change,” inspirational speaker, advocate of women empowerment, “distinguished pastor’s wife,” caring mother, administrative officer, CEO, and “wise hearted writer whose wit is beyond the depth of witticism;” best known for “The Prince and the Pauper”)

Bio Source:

www.goodreads.com/author/show/5040334.Jaachynma_N_E_Agu

“Where people are really attached, poverty itself is wealth.”

Jane Austen (1775-1817, English novelist best known for her social commentary in book that includeded “Sense and Sensibility,” “Emma,” “Northanger Abbey,” “Persuasion” and “Pride and Prejudice”)

Bio Source:

www.biography.com/people/jane-austen-9192819

“If we command our wealth, we shall be rich and free. If our wealth commands us, we are poor indeed.”

Edmund Burke (1729-1797, Irish statesman and author of “Reflections on the Revolution in France” and “known to a wide public as a classic political thinker”)

Bio Source:

plato.stanford.edu/entries/burke/

“I'd rather have roses on my table than diamonds on my neck.”

Emma Goldman (1869-1940, radical feminist and well-known anarchist of her day, an early advocate for free speech, birth control, women’s equality and independence, and union organization)

Bio Source:

www.lib.berkeley.edu/goldman/

“Being rich is not about how much money you have or how many homes you own; it's the freedom to buy any book you want without looking at the price and wondering if you can afford it.”

John Waters (b. 1946, film director, screenwriter, author, actor, stand-up comedian, journalist, visual artist, and art collector)

Bio Source:

www.dreamlandnews.com

Meditation

“Happiness is not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort.”

— Franklin D. Roosevelt

 

Wealth is access, but it’s also the willingness to seek new opportunities to be creative and generous.

For those of us who are fortunate to live in surplus we tend to take our wealth is for granted.  We have erroneously trained our minds focus on the cash value of bank accounts rather than the blessing and the miracles in our lives.  In other words, we tend to look for what is missing in our lives rather than what is abundant and flows.

I was volunteering last Wednesday and sat to eat dinner with a friend.  (Let’s call her Charlene for privacy sake.)  Charlene’s a young woman and single mother, who I admire very much.  I asked her if she was successful in registering her daughter for school. Charlene smiled and said she had, but lamented that the school had given her a long list of school supplies to buy.

I empathized, remembering those school days raising my two children in NYC, especially in elementary school where teachers would give parents multiple school lists.  In my case, I had one for each of my children, and one for each child’s classroom, and the teachers also asked for cash donations.  I knew from experience that raising school-age children could be overwhelming, expensive, and stressful, especially when one is a single mother with a limited budget.

I was about to tell Charlene about some sales and coupons I had seen, but remembered that my daughter had left, before going off to college, a whole drawer of untouched school supplies.  I got my daughter’s permission before I sent Charlene a text that I had three new loose-leaf notebooks and three packs paper, a new spiral notebook, pencils, and two new composition notebooks.  Charlene expressed her appreciation.  For me, it’s always a pleasure to help when I can.

Later, I was searching through my nightstand and saw I had an old cell phone in its box.  In the past, I had donated my old cell phones to Whole Foods, who renovated them for families in need.  But, I was surprised that I had one left that I was saving.  Perhaps, someone will need that in the future.   I also had five pairs of prescription eyeglass frames.  I’m usually good about repurposing my frames with different lenses for when I need them, but these I knew could be donated now.

These are the times when I am awe of miracle of my life and how much wealth I am privileged to co-create.

Sojourners, let us continue to open hearts and minds to all the wealth we can tune in and access and to all we can share.

Written with Love, Tonya

 

 

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