Friday, September 23, 2011

True Prosperity

I once heard a wonderful definition for American prosperity: Buying things you don't want with money you don't have to impress people you don't like.

I mean seriously … just how “much” DO we need? Life can be such a dichotomy. In March in Pennsylvania we saw one of the largest Mega Millions jackpots while locally school districts throughout the Commonwealth are dealing with cutbacks and layoffs.

The countries of the world spend billions of dollars on military offensive and defensive maneuvering purportedly to make the world a better place to live for people who do not have enough to eat and lack healthcare.

Young and old alike can look at the present financial projections for the coming decades and wonder if we will have what we need to survive as we enter retirement. Some of us, like those in the Congo, Libya and too many other countries including our own, might even wonder if we will have enough for tomorrow.

But what really is “enough”? We can look at current world events and use them as a wakeup call for our western thinking about prosperity and supply. As a metaphysician I know that there is always “enough”. The Universe is abundant and lacks for nothing. That, however, is hardly comforting to the senior living alone and hungry, or parents who cannot afford adequate shelter for their children.

The answer is not to throw money at the problem or argue whether our political party has a better idea. What we can all do is look at what we have, appreciate and bless it, and then share it with those we see in need to the best of our ability. Prosperity is not money. Money is only a convenient way for us to share resources in modern society.

Let go of solving all the problems in the world or worrying yourself sick thinking about it. Do what you can locally and personally to make the world a better place. Give something of value to someone in need today. It can be as simple as a smile, which, if memory serves me correctly, costs nothing but a little effort.

In Spirit, Truth and Playfulness,


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