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The Way I See It


I never thought about getting rich. I think I always knew that wealth was not in my future. Although, I did date a wealthy man for a time. He talked marriage but I didn’t listen. When I told my mother she asked why I didn’t marry him and I said I liked him but didn’t love him. She rolled her eyes and said, “Marry him, love will come later.” I didn’t listen to her either.

Anyway, money has never been especially important to me. For many years I lived paycheck to paycheck and sometimes bought groceries with my credit card because the rent was due or had to choose between paying the telephone or utilities. But I always had a decent place to live and I never went hungry or had anything turned off for nonpayment. I will admit I was happy to see those days end and a savings account opened but I wasn’t rich then and am not rich now.

Though I am not rich monetarily, I am rich in friendships. There are people I love who love me. I know that if I need help I have only to ask and help is given. One time I was talking with a friend about aging and I told her that because I don’t have a close family I sometimes worry about what would happen if I got sick or had an accident and couldn’t care for myself. She seemed surprised and told me I have no reason to worry because she and a few other people would be there for me if I needed them. I almost cried. Money can’t buy that kind of love.

The way I see it…I am one of the richest people in the world!

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  1. My future has always been in question, but the Lord has never failed to place me in good hands. You have many friends and they come from the Lord. God is good. All the time. Blessings to you, Patricia…

    1. I think the immediate future is always in question but long term, no. Yes, God is good and His grace assures us of the future…with Him. We are blessed!

  2. I’ve had times in my life when I’ve had more “disposable income” or savings and then times when I’ve lived paycheck to paycheck. While there is sometimes less worry with having more money, riches can be taken away in an instant. Love of family and friends lasts a lifetime (and beyond!) Thanks for the great post! Stopping by on the A to Z Challenge. So glad to reconnect with you. Have a good week. http://www.dianeweidenbenner.com

    1. Hey Diane. Nice to see you here. Thanks for visiting. I have been having a hard time getting my posts done and my visits to others have been off and on. Hopefully, this will change soon and I will be back to my normal routine.

  3. I too feel relatively “rich” though I wouldn’t mind having a few million bucks in the bank. I don’t care about having a bunch of stuff all that much, but I’d like to be able to freely spend for more experiences and travel to see family members. Travel can get rather expensive even if one is not doing so in the lap of luxury.
    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

    1. I wouldn’t mind having more money than I need. I can think of some things I would like to give to/fund. There are so many in need I could help. And I can think of some things for me, too.

  4. This is true wealth, having people that will be there for you no matter what, to celebrate the joys and share the sorrows and help you in any way they can. I will never be rich in a monetary sense either. We get by and that is good enough. I may not have all I want, but I most certainly have all I need. I too, am rich beyond measure in the people who love me and who allow me to love them!

    Read today’s A to Z post at Josie Two Shoes

    1. Your comment of allowing love is quite insightful. So many don’t allow themselves to love or to be loved. Maybe because of past hurts and fear of more. So sad to live that way but easy to let it happen. It takes courage to love.

  5. This is beautiful, my friend. I have no family. Bill’s sister is older than we are. She and her kids all live 6-8 hours away. We see each other 1-2 times a year. There is love there, but distance and busy lives make it hard. I know how important it is to know someone cares. It means a lot when someone says it and means it, asking nothing in return. Hugs.

    1. I have a brother and his wife who live 8-10 hours away. They have kids and grandkids and great-grandkids. Some of the grands I have never met. Last time I saw my brother and SIL was when they came here 11 years ago. I moved south almost 40 years ago and never went back north and have no plans to ever. So, my friends here are my family.

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