Wealth School: How Sharing Can Create Wealth
When you make a positive choice by making room for others as well as yourself, you are casting yourself in a role that can lead you to wealth, inner and outer. Will things always be clear or logical? Rarely. As long as there are human beings around, we can usually expect diverse behavior in human beings.
For example, you can tell a man that there are 300 billion stars in the universe, and it's likely that he'll believe you. But if you tell him a bench has just been painted, he usually has to touch it to be sure. Human beings are funny, strange, weird, wonderful, supportive, competitive, ridiculous and loving. When you make room for other people's success as well as your own, you'll discover the loving more often. In the loving is the key to your wealth.
(From: Wealth & Higher Consciousness, p. 130-131)
This quote caught my attention as I was about to conduct a "Renewal of Vows" ceremony. The husband and wife have been married for 30 years and no doubt in that time, have learned much about sharing.
I notice how WEalth and WEddings have a WE-ness about them. None of us are islands. We are connected. We share the same sea. The flow between us makes us richer.
How about when someone is not feeling successful because they are meeting some, for them, large challenges in their life? They can too easily lose sight of their achievements -- at work, in their community or with their family members -- or more importantly, they lose sense of their innate qualities, gifts and talents that never leave them.
"Making room for their success" is training your eyes to recognize the success in others, even and especially when it may seem hidden to them. Take a co-worker, for example, who has failed to bring a project in on time. At that moment, they may benefit from being reminded of what they have achieved, that which they have accomplished and the qualities that make them nevertheless a valued member of your team.
Your spouse, child or siblings can be encouraged and reassured by your love and appreciation for who they are as valuable people in your life. We are vulnerable. We love being reminded that those we love do care for us.
In response to my article: Wealth School: Lessons in Creative Frugality tapeatsbill commented:
My wife and I were both making good money. We lived in an old craftman style bungalow with our 7 yr old daughter. Two paid off cars and a low mortgage payment and yes a dog. We had several thousand in savings and retirement accounts we're building. Crosby Stills and Nash were on the stereo and all was good.
Them my employer started getting hinckey (as in unethical) and I went into big stress mode. We were talking about what to do and then, she blew me away. She turned to me and said, "why don't you quit and take the summer off with Emily? You can go back to work in the fall."
And so by living below our means, a 40-year-old man had the best summer vacation ever with his 7-year-old daughter. You don't even have to live that frugally, just live below your means.
In a dispute, would you be willing to let go of the conflict and expand into a larger point of view, which includes all the parties concerned? A win grows as more are made a part of it. In opening to more of your love, compassion and kindness, you are the first to reap the reward of it.
The wealth of who you are is not limited in its reach. It expands as you touch to others. How does this have any impact, monetarily? Money circulates. It exchanges hands. It is given and received.
In our sharing with others, in our giving and receiving, we may also buy and sell, trade, share information, contacts, ideas, or form teams to create new enterprises. When we stagnate, our flow of money may also stagnate and stop. When we express our gifts and talents, we expand. Our value grows.
Nick Segal in his recent article How to Seize Your Critical Mass Moment for Exponential Success describes how he gives back to employees as a step towards growing his business.
When my energy feels low, I only have to read one of the wedding ceremonies I have written to be touched by the loving that represents the couple concerned. This loving lifts me and gives me courage to take a step when I might otherwise have held back. I am so grateful for the gifts that couples give to me to witness their loving and commitment to each other.
This short film in the Soul Biographies series by Nic Askew illustrates very beautifully the generosity of spirit and sharing.
RECOVERING THE DIAMONDS from Nic Askew on Vimeo.
The diamonds we are we wear within us.
How have you found sharing to be a key to your greater wealth? I would love to know. Please leave a comment below or drop me a line at [email protected]
Wishing you health, wealth and happiness -- in all of the many ways it can come to you!
For tips and hints on creating a wealthy life, go to "The Wealth Book: Winning with Spirit."
Feature contributed by Anne Naylor
on July 1, 2011 at 11:05 am.