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Poor or Rich? It's a State of Mind
I'd like to borrow the following popular poem written by Walter D. Wintle and which is among my favorites;
"It’s All In A State Of Mind
If you think you are beaten, you are,
If you think you dare not, you don’t,
If you like to win, but you think you can’t,
It’s almost a “cinch” you won’t.
If you think you’ll lose, you’ve lost,
For out in the world you find
Success begins with a fellow’s will;
It’s all in the state of mind.
Full many a race is lost
Ere ever a step is run;
And many a coward fails
Ere ever his work’s begun.
Think big and your deeds will grow,
Think small and you’ll fall behind,
Think that you can and you will;
It’s all in the state of mind.
If you think you’re outclassed, you are,
You’ve got to think high to rise,
You’ve got to be sure of yourself before
You can ever win a prize.
Life’s battles don’t always go
To the stronger or faster man,
But sooner or later, the man who wins,
Is the fellow who thinks he can."
-Walter D. Wintle
Poverty, mendicancy or beggary in any form is rampant not only in the third world countries but also creeping gradually and surely in developed countries. Global survey shows that the fast development of sophisticated technology in communication and production, travel and education, among others cannot actually cope with the faster increase in poverty in the global level.
While some people in different areas of the globe enjoy wealth and the modern technology, most people function in their daily lives with the dominating thoughts of lack. They worry about their finances and their future and worse, the masses do not only worry but get accustomed to living their deprived lives.
There is an ongoing debate on whether poverty is a state of mind or a critically real situation in the global level. Actually, if we scrutinize the contention of both sides, we can see that there is really no basis for this argument because both of them are correct, the only question is;
"In terms of poverty which comes first, the critically real situation or the state of mind?"
As far as I am concerned, I can only answer this in the personal level and wish that if only the whole of humanity can change their way of thinking and outlook in life then poverty could be minimized.
Let's survey what flow of thinking or mental attitude or state of mind that the poor or even the working class inflict themselves. See if any of these are familiar thoughts or common contents of every day conversations;
"I had been working hard but my income barely meets the basic needs of my family and to pay the bills."
"If only I have enough money..."
"There's just not enough money to meet all my needs, how much less to get all I want."
"Rich people are arrogant."
"The government does not care for its people."
"Money is for the greedy."
"I am just born unlucky."
"If I am kicked out from my job then I don't know what to do."
"There's just nothing for me in this life."
"Money is difficult to find, quick to spend."
"I am always in financial difficulty."
The list could go on and on. When this kind of thinking dominates one's mind in all the days of his life then he will never see the abundance around, much less experience a life of riches.
This state of mind makes one poorer and poorer; it invites all the misfortunes to one's life not only in terms of monetary difficulty but most of all, this kind of thinking will result to more discords and chaos in his relationships, job situations and everything where money has a great role for happiness. This is the root of poor outlook in life and therefore results to a of life suffering in all areas.
If we observe enough, there are more people who possess this kind of mentality; some are aware of it but most people don't even realize that they are having this state of mind.
How many of us realize that when poverty knocks or even experiencing being consistently broke is a warning or an alert to survey what we keep within as dominating thoughts that pull us down gradually?
Thoughts and convictions are contagious because man's nature is suggestible whether in words or deeds hence when we mingle or socialize with people with such "poverty orientation" then sooner or later everyone gets poor eventually.
Wonder why there is an increasing number of people globally who gets poorer and poorer? It's because poverty orientation is a social disease. Society, from the top politicians down to the street beggars are inflicted with this "poverty orientation". Why would a so-called successful politician get corrupted to the point that his life becomes miserable? If only each of us can ponder on these. Even those who advocate abundance are being criticized because they cannot be understood.
The truth is there is abundance of everything in this life but only those who are in the right state of mind and having a merry heart are visited by the "Goddess of Fortune."
The "Goddess of Fortune" cannot resist happiness, joy, peace, faith and love. These are things to ponder and to base our dominating thoughts in our every day life.
How rich are you?
Money? Skill? Job? Friends? Wholesome relationships with family, spouse, friends, colleagues, public?
All these invite the natural riches that are inherent in us. Just keep your state of mind be in accord with the Universal Laws.