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Be rich always

04-get-richTake away money as a measure of richness and ever single human being can be as rich as he /she chooses to be. True riches lies in being rich in mind body and soul. 

Keep in my mind the mantra:

I alone have the power to become as rich as I want to be.

The formula is simple, the application requires discipline and it’s your life your riches your choice.

Rich in knowledge – Read, observe, learn, teach, assimilate, experience, explore.

Rich in adventure – move away from your comfort zone, take risks, do something different, be creative, experiment.

Rich in laughter – See the funny side, laugh at yourself, share laughter, learn to see the funny side of the worst, think fun, be fun, make every moment fun.

Rich in family – Be together, meet often, celebrate together, keep in touch, talk more with each other, listen, touch, and hug.

Rich in health – Eat healthy, exercise, avoid stress, have a positive attitude, be around with people who make you happy and comfortable.

Rich in love – Love yourself! Love those around! Learn to love life! Learn love each moment.

Try these:

  1. Identify and use a website for each of the above riches. Oh yes there are ample alternatives online. If you want you can even identify a suitable app.
  2. Make it a point to do the following off and on
  • Tell (not share on whatsapp) a joke to a friend / colleague
  • Pay attention to a frequent criticism that you get and do something to overcome that.
  • Read something that is totally different from what you normally read
  • Surprise your family members for no special reason
  • Announce and do something challenging e.g. losing weight or dancing / singing at a function etc.

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Let not expenses be a dampener

So often we rob tomorrow’s memories by today’s economies. John Mason Brown

Stinginess is the perfect word that describes the term economies used in the quote. Far too often we are cutting corners and scrimping and as a result we often end up missing some really beautiful moments. Look back at the many times that you have sacrificed seeing a movie or going on a picnic simply because you thought it was a waste of money. Later when other people are animatedly discussing the movie or picnic we feel lost and annoyed that we missed the fun simply because we tried to cut corners.

Shopping is one area where in most cases depending on the gender, the memories or economies take priority. In most cases the women are blissfully ignorant or conveniently ignore the matter about economies and long after the moneys have been splurged, they can still recount with great clarity and deep passion the wonderful times they have had. The men folk on the other hand are acutely conscious about the outflows and so often end up as spoilt sports when it comes to opening their purse strings.  There are of course exceptions to this rule and that is what makes the play between memories and economies very intriguing.

Gifting is an area where we are prone to either obnoxious spending or terrible frugality. Most times the gifts we chose depend on the person receiving, our relationship with him/her and the occasion. Sadly we focus more on the budget of the gift than the suitability of the gift and as a result often miss out on opportunities to leave behind a lasting memory.  There are times when a person would be thrilled to bits with a very simple gift that is invaluable to him/ her rather than the most expensive gift that is often wasted. It is pointless giving an elderly relative a complex, high tech mobile phone coasting the moon for neither the gift nor its worth can be fully appreciated by the receiver. On the contrary a simple personalized gift like a book or something in crystal would perhaps delight the recipient.  The irony is that we splurge to make the person happy but alas it is a wasted effort that lives no particular memory behind.

Travel is always a costly affair yet it is the one pleasure that leaves behind wonderful memories. Most of the memories remain in the heart but with a quick peek at the photo albums we are almost transposed back into the realms of fantasy of the blissful moments of the tour or journey. Yet very often we make plans only to defer it because we balk at the costs involved. One reason the costs dominate our thoughts is because in our primitive logic, the expenses do not deliver any tangible benefit. This is a fundamental mistake many of us make because money cannot buy pleasant memories nor the ecstasy that comes from reminiscing. What is really not seen is that travel opens the mind, brings hearts closer and sparks romance and tenderness, none of which money can buy.  Don’t economize merely to hoard for nostalgia can never have a price put on it !

Remember: “It’s hard to be nostalgic when you can’t remember anything.”

Try this:

  1. Pull out the old photographs and enjoy the pleasures of those moments. Do you find yourself transposed to those specific place and time and feel the goose pimples. Now ask yourself if you ever thought even once about the cost of those good times???
  2. Don’t make gift giving a ritual. In fact the gifts must be decided upon long before the date of the gifting and if possible ensure that you slot time to boy the gift and not make it an obligation to be fulfilled. Also attempt to gift something different, unusual and suitable to the personality of the person receiving the gift.  While a budget must be kept at the back of the mind, don’t let that become a stumbling block in zooming down on an appropriate gift. List out 3 of the best gifts you received that were cheap and yet something that you really appreciate.

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What money can’t buy

The only incurable troubles of the rich are the troubles that money can’t cure. Ogden Nash

Peace of mind is something that no one in the world can ever buy and ironically that is something that everyone craves for. Unfortunately the vast majority attempts to satisfy their craving by splurging on materialistic goods in the fond hope that the new goodies will to a large extent substitute for the real thing they seek viz Peace of Mind.  In many ways this is the equivalent of what Queen Marie Antoinette is supposedly have said, many centuries ago when she purportedly suggested that the peasants be offered cakes instead of what they craved for viz. bread. The problem that the rich have is the mistaken notion that money can buy anything.

When seen from this background it is obvious that the arrogance of the rich will always cloud their judgment and hence they will continue to try and furrow a path to their cravings even when they have hit a rocky stretch. To begin with they pamper their offspring mistakenly believing that they are giving their best where as they should have tutored them in the fine art of realizing the value of money.  Real life is full of hard knocks, rude shocks and mixed emotions; a well protected rich brat will rarely be exposed to the hard realities and so is not equipped to exercise good judgment when the chips are down. They go in pursuit of happiness in the wilderness of utopia little knowing that they are on a wild goose chase.

There are three areas where the rich come a cropper when trying to muscle their way through using their money clout.  The first is relationships. The next is personal health and the last is personal value systems. Relationships need to blossom and is based on trust and mutual understanding. Unfortunately money can be a real spoil sport and most relationships are based on money marrying looks which in the ultimate analysis is a shallow arrangement. The disrupted personal  lives of rich celebrities are a visible testimony of this premise. Personal health takes a beating simply because the rich indulge in food since they can afford it and more importantly they blissfully ignore the consequences in the hope that in emergences they can buy out the doctors and nursing care and medicines. Even personal value systems are watered down to accommodate the temptations that money can buy.  Compromising on values is essentially to take care of our own guilt feelings and also to ensure that we don’t miss out on the fun that riches can buy.

If we look objectively at the things money can’t buy, one can outline many more things. It would be a challenge for us to make our own list so that we are aware of the limitations of money for us irrespective of how rich or poor we are.

Remember: “If you want to feel rich, just count the things you have that money can’t buy”

Try this

  1. Make your own list of things money can’t buy. Then compare it with this list http://www.nomad4ever.com/2007/07/09/10-things-money-cannot-buy
  2. List out the name of one person who has had a major positive influence in your life. Now plan to give a gift that you have made yourself. If you have your limitations it must be something where you have contributed at least 50% effort to make the gift. Ensure that you actually give that gift personally to that person.

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