when we are rich in spirit

9 rich in talent

“Money must be funny in a rich man’s world,” sang Abba.

‘Money is … a universal medium of exchange that enables people to convert almost everything into almost anything else. … Money is accordingly a system of mutual trust, and not just any system of mutual trust: money is the most universal and most efficient system of mutual trust ever devised‘*

We all know how really useful money is.  Money makes it possible for us to exchange, store, and transport wealth easily, safely, and cheaply.  But this week money has been all about the Panama Papers, particularly how wealthy individuals hide their wealth from prying eyes.

Yuval Noah Harari estimates that there’s $60 trillion of money wealth in the world, but only about $6 trillion comprised banknotes and coins – the rest is electronic data.

I breathe in and breathe out.

Some believe money and/or wealth is everything – not so much in what they say, but in how they act.

I breathe in and breathe out.

Here are the basics for everything else: I get to breathe every day, and with breathing comes a plethora of possibilities.  But often I unaware of this gift which makes everything possible.  Hidden by our sophisticated complexity, your real wealth is stolen away.  I end up wrongly believing I need more before I can do what I want to do.

I breathe in and breathe out.

If I can begin something with what I have, with an abundance of spirit, then, if I receive some funding from somewhere, it simply means I may be able to do more.

Money can’t help here.  I can’t buy an abundance of spirit, so overcoming a poverty of spirit.

I breathe in and breathe out.

I recognise the skills and talents I have, the dreams, the friendships, the experiences in life.

I breathe in and breathe out.

I recognise the skills and talent, the dreams, the friendships, the experiences in life others have.

We breathe in and out.

We imagine and we try, and we see how much more there is.

(*From Yuval Noah Harari’s Sapiens.)

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