Living a rich life doesn’t necessarily mean having loads of money. Living a rich life has more to do with attitude than it does money. Granted, it takes a certain amount of money to live – food, clothing and shelter are all necessities of life that require money. However, there are probably several $50,000 households in America that contain four happy and balanced individuals. There are probably even more $100,000 households that contain four miserable, lonely and depressed individuals.
I’m not a psychiatrist and I haven’t access to any research to back me up. However, I know of families where Mom and Dad are over-worked and stressed about paying for their mini-mansions and all the utilities to keep them running. They register their kids for expensive hobbies like dance, horseback riding and martial arts. They eat fast food in the car as they rush here and there to get everyone to their expensive hobbies. Then Mom and Dad crash on the couch while the kids take baths, brush their teeth and get ready for bed. The process starts over bright and early the next day, and the day after that and so on. That doesn’t sound like a rich life to me. Expensive? Yes. Rich? No.
So if that isn’t rich, what is? Well, I have other friends who always sit down at home to eat a home-cooked meal together. They might run out to a soccer practice or game at the park, and then head home for cookies and/or ice-cream before heading off to bed. The dinner of hotdogs on the grill, baked beans and baked potatoes cost less for all four of them than a single combo meal at the local fast food joint. Park and Recreation soccer (or any sport) might cost $20 per season for a shirt and trophy. There is very little stress on the kids to succeed on the field, but a lot of encouragement to have fun. The family spends lots of quality time together and they don’t spend a lot of money eating out or on extracurricular activities. However, in most case they are happier than the families who do.
It is a case of enjoying your current blessings in life rather than focusing on “What’s next?” It is so easy to get lost in personal goals that we miss the moments of life in the present.
So take this rich life tip and create a memory. Grab a blanket on clear warm night. Turn off all the lights, phones and other electronics. Get the whole family to lie down on the blanket in the back yard. Look for the big dipper, little dipper and make a wish on a falling start. Make up stories about the travel plans of all the passengers in those planes flying across the night sky. Hug your kids and giggle with them about the crazy and imaginative stories they make up. Take an opportunity to slow down the pace, spend no money and enjoy a truly rich life.
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