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Can The Wealth In Life Be Measured ?

Updated on June 22, 2017

Let's Take A Look

On the outside you might say yes

On the inside you might say no

Be ready to explore

Thoughts that have never been thought before

Material wealth is easy

You count up all your assets and minus all your liabilities

What is left is you net worth

I want to go on underneath those layers

Finding what is really important and valuable

If we don't have our health

Then all the gold in bank isn't going to give you a good quality of life

Many people argue if you don't have good health benefits and insurance

The great amount of wealth can easily be diminished

A lifetime of saving and proper investing can be futile

You have worked your whole life

Preparing yourself for this day

Now what do you have to show for yourself ?

Have you made the right choices ?

There are people that have lived their life in the moment day to day

Not waiting for that raining day to use the rainy day fund

Those same people don't plan for their retirement

Beleving there is a slight chance they won't be here

When that time comes

Then there is a group of people who plan and save

Unfortunately do to a chain events in their life

They never get to enjoy all the benifits of their hard work

Do to a number of reasons

Injury, illness, loss of a job

Maybe they were taken advantage by a con artist

Even their own family may have been the culprit

A bad divorce that took half what they own

Serious crimes that they may have committed

Unexpected events in their life may have drastically changed their life

They never could have known

Then there are some people who fall somewhere in between

They have worked for many years earning an adequate pay

Saved when they could

Invested a little if any at all

In mutual funds or stocks

Giving them a moderate return

Raised a loving family

Maybe scraped and saved to buy a house

Now in their late 60's, 70's or eighties

Can look back at all the good and not so good memories

Realizing all these times make up their own individual life

They now can see the beauty in their children and in their grand children

Maybe even their great grand children

A love and richness that far exceeds any monetary value

Yes I do believe peoples wealth in life can be measured

Not by any standard in any business book or financial planner

In something so special

I call it my Life Of Love Planner

Where I can see pictures and key words of all the years of my life

Guiding me every step of the way

My values and core beliefs

I can say I am far richer than I could ever imagine

You would never guess it by my raggedy faded old t- shirt

That reads the Best God Father Ever

Not for what I have

Only for what I have said

Or maybe it's my wife's company t - shirt

That she hasn't worked for over twenty years

That reminds me of all her sacrifices

To give far beyond what I have given her credit for

My favorite pair of shorts with a splash of paint on them

When we first moved in and we were painting our house

Both tired and exhausted

The wrinkles under my eyes

That show lack of sleep

Many years of hard work without giving it a thought

Time passes our body ages

The many aches and pains that come without warning

I wouldn't have if I haven't lived my life

Giving all I could

Each day giving us little reminders

Of all my loved ones both family and friends who have passed

Who hold a special spot in my heart

My life long friends

When we meet by chance or in passing

I give them a honest and grateful hug

All the quick thoughts and prayers

Only God understands

How thankful I am every day

For all that I have enjoyed and experienced

Most of all giving me the ability and time

To write this one line

May life bless you with all the riches possible

Better yet may you find the riches in life you never did expect


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    • DREAM ON profile image

      DREAM ON 8 months ago

      DDE You said it so magnificently. Thank you for all your comments and support. Another day of fantastic beauty has come into our life. All we have to do is see it.

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      Devika Primić 8 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Life is precious! Live free and think positive. Health is important everything else is a bonus in life. Happiness is part of who we are.

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      DREAM ON 8 months ago

      Shaloo Walia Life has so many creases I will never be able to iron them all out. So much can happen in just one day. Then multiply that times a year. Then times many years. Enjoy what we can while we are still able to. Bless those who come into our lives. Thank you for reading and sharing such a kind comment. Have a morning of love and sweetness that only grows in time.

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      Shaloo Walia 8 months ago from India

      Beautiful, thought-provoking poem!

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      DREAM ON 9 months ago

      Gypsy Rose Lee My life can be summed up in a few words. Some people make everything look easy. Your writing and thoughts get right to the point.You hit the nail right on the head. I miss my nail and hit my thumb many times and keep trying to hit that perfect spot. I think is it timing, technique, practice I am not how or why to live life maybe one day I might just find out. Thank you so much for reading and caring.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 9 months ago from Riga, Latvia

      Money is needed for some things which you hope to achieve. However the greatest wealth you can have is love, peace of mind and many, many blessings.

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      DREAM ON 9 months ago

      Tim Mitchell Opening up our life to the wonders of love. Thank you for reading and sharing. May your love for life grow bountiful and beautiful.

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      Tim Mitchell 9 months ago from Escondido, CA

      Great Poem leading me to reflect on my lifetime and appreciating it. Appreciate even the woes of money and decisions of health while noticing they are connected. And, the realizations the riches of life are life and people.

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      DREAM ON 9 months ago

      Manatita 44 Many times the act of thinking keeps us on the right track and when we actual do it everything falls into place.I will check out your writing. Thank you for all that you do.

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      DREAM ON 9 months ago

      Venkatachari M Seeing and feeling the love and passion creates and endless flow of joy. Thank you for reading and sharing.

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      manatita44 9 months ago from london

      A lot in those few lines. How fruitful and meaningful to live such a wonderful life of inner richness and such outer beauty.

      Your message is a clarion call to all of us... to wake up ... to live and not stress ... to be abundant, yet loving and content ... to enjoy what matters and to stay in the NOW as best we can. Praise be!!

      P.S Didn't you like the poem I wrote for you? Have a look. Cheers.

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      Venkatachari M 9 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      Yes, Dream On. This is the real wealth of one's life that gets earned through nice acts contributing to the happiness and satisfaction of one's self and that of all around him. A good message to the world through your these wonderful lines.