Posted by: Darlene DeStefano on 02/25/2017

What is wealth?

What is wealth?

The dictionary states that wealth is an abundance of valuable possessions or money. It’s true that most, but not everyone, will define wealth that way, yet wealth carries a different meaning for different people.

The word ‘wealth’ comes from the Old English words “weal” (well-being) and “th” (condition) which taken together means “the condition of well-being”. Over time it seems we have twisted the meaning this word.

Real wealth is not just about financial possessions. Let’s redefine and rediscover what real or genuine wealth is. Wealth is the things that make life worthwhile. Most of us could define these things in a few minutes.

Real wealth should be that of aligning our values and principles as a community with the actual conditions of our wellbeing (personal, professional, spiritual, environmental and financial). Most people are accustomed to looking at wealth strictly in financial terms or property and possessions. However, real wealth is so much more than that, and we know it intuitively.

Real wealth is defined in terms of the conditions of our relationship with our partners, our children, our parents, our friends and our neighbours. Wealth in the beauty of a sunset and the flutter of butterfly wings. It is the joy of our play, the social cohesion of our neighbourhoods and the quality of our children’s play. 

We know the price of everything and the value of nothing. We live in a world where the true meaning of wealth has been lost.

Perhaps it’s time to change how YOU think about wealth and redefine what it means to be “rich.”

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