Recently I caught up with my 'Aussie Father' whom I affectionately call 'Papa Pete'. He has an ethos of 'Living Wealth'. In his understanding of wealth, money is not the top of priority. To him, being able to live wealthily means being happy, contented and grateful.
That got me reflecting on the definition of wealth. Earlier this year I asked my social media contacts what they think ‘wealth’ means to them. I got all sorts of answers. Here are some of them:
“Wealth is unique to every individual. It changes all the time. For me at this moment in time as I learn and experience more, it is being healthy, understanding myself and having the courage and strength to get out of my own way. It is also the ability to take responsibility for everything in my life and when something isn’t working, finding a way to do something about it.”
“Wealth is (always) what you value.”
“Bunyan’s shepherd boy’s song: ‘I am content with what I have, little be it or much’. If you’re content, you’re prosperous. Sadly some are mega rich and far from content.”
“Wealth is much more than money in my bank account, but increasing trust, by increasing the number of friendships.”
“Really it is more than financial, to me it is simply to align your hierarchy of values with your goals/mission/destiny, which by the way is simple but not easy.”
“Financial freedom not having to think or worry about money when I need it.”
“[The] time to do what I want to do and not think about how I will pay my bills. Time that is not overshadowed by financial stress.”
“Having wealth to me is having [a] healthy happy family, self, [and] loved ones, with rich deep trusting respectful relationships. Basically, being loved [and] being able to love is my definition of wealth.”
Parallel Between Health and Wealth
The definition of wealth is vast and wide. As a millionaire friend of mine always says, when it comes to wealth, the elephant in the room is money. But money really is only a means of exchange for value. Wealth is not just financial. It is also about having abundance in other aspects of life. Our perception and understanding of wealth comes from our own experiences and therefore varies for each individual – what some people call being rich others call being wealthy, which can be defined as wellbeing, or whole being.
There is a proven parallel between health and wealth. Understanding this parallel will help you find more energy to do what you love. And that’s what life is about – living on purpose and passion. It’s important for you to figure out your mind, body and spirit connection. If you’re not well in your mind, it often manifests in your body by gaining weight. If you’re healthy spiritually, your mind is renewed and transformed. If you’re healthy in your overall wellbeing, it unlocks more potential for wealth in your vocation, business and relationships. Furthermore, you can be a fantastic role model for those who look up to you, and you can show them how to be the best version of themselves. As a result, you will be able to contribute a lot more to others.
Health Is One Of The Real Riches
My personal ethos is that health is one of the real riches. An abundance of wealth is not worth anything unless you have health and balance. The foundational importance of everyday health is a most commonly known truth of human existence, and it is also one of the most commonly ignored. So what is health? I think it’s something that requires effort, but it’s an effort that is really worthwhile. If there’s one thing I can wish to you, it’s that you have great health!
The problem is we have been focusing too much on illness, rather than wellness. Wellness is the attainment of vibrant health. And we know how to define illness: it’s about our lungs, our hearts and kidneys, like our blood pressure is too high or we have high blood sugar, and so on. The World Health Organisation defines health as “a state of complete wellbeing and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” It’s such a great definition because it highlights the fact that health is about the quality of your life, not just about waking up and surviving another day.
What is your definition of wealth? And how do you see the parallel between health and wealth? Please comment below so we can learn from one another.