I am wealthy ! I talk about it, write about it, take pictures of it and have never been ashamed of it. I work hard and I am very proud of it. I am surrounded by my wealth, proud to say I am one of the wealthiest people alive.
Look… you are too !
It is family and friends that make US ALL RICH. They are our wealth. Our lives are so delicate. Our twelve hours a day- five days a week jobs could end with layoff or company closure, our homes that we have invested time, talent and money could turn to ash in a matter of minutes, thieves could steal all material possessions within minutes, and our cars could be destroyed in one accident. These are “things” our time and money are invested and if lost through disaster or accident can be replaced. But our loved ones are so much more valuable. Today we have them, hopefully, but they can be gone tomorrow, forever losing any chance to spend more time with them.
I just had the opportunity to think about this when a relative shared a story about a photo he took while he was on the beach. He saw a mom with her three little girls all dressed up like they were going to a wedding. Out of curiosity, he approached the mom and asked if they were heading to a beach wedding. He was surprised by her response. The mom told her story of how she and her husband were going to renew their vows on the beach for their 10th year wedding anniversary on that very day. At the last minute her husband got stuck into something at work too important to miss. She decided to celebrate their anniversary with her 3 little precious girls. They all dressed up: the mom wearing a simple wedding gown with her hair nicely curled and styled, the three little girls were wearing white long dresses, their hair was down and they were wearing little crowns that made them look like little princesses and each one of them holding flowers bundled together like flower girls. The mother took pictures of everyone being so happy to commemorate her 10th year wedding anniversary.
The value of spending time together with family and loved ones, no matter what the occasion is priceless.