We aren’t wealthy because of what we have; our opportunities to choose are the real evidence of wealth.
This isn’t a new idea. I’ve seen it in print several times. But it remains one of the most overlooked concepts in our culture. We live in a world where wealth is equated with possessions. The more stuff we have, the wealthier we are… or are we?
Wealth is the ability to make choices. When we live within our means we get to make choices that other people don’t get to make. Is the executive making six figures free to chase his dreams or is he bound to his paycheck because his lifestyle is out of control? By the world’s standards, he is wealthy. But when choice is the currency, he lives below the poverty level.
Real wealth is the opportunity to invest our lives in things that matter. When you can get up each day and live your why, you are indeed wealthy. It doesn’t matter how big your house is or what you drive. Our stuff is often the warden of the prison in which we live. Why not live your why?