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I am rich with daughters!
I am extraordinarily lucky. I am healthy. I live in a gorgeous apartment. I have a roof over my head. No one in my nuclear family has suffered a great tragedy. I have a large extended family. I love the people in my life. I have a lot of friends. I am very very lucky.
Rich in family, close friends and loving pets, a great team of co-workers, living in the beautiful Ocean State. Health is also my wealth right now. A roof over my head, clean water and food to eat. Rich in finding this wonderful community of beautiful souls : )!
Living the word that God says I carry what you have and I preserve what you lack.. rich in my presence and knowing that if I live or if I die is the same way of meaningful purpose. Love, peace and harmony 🙏
When I read today’s question “How am I rich?” I thought of Stephen Sondheim’s song “Send in the Clowns”from the 1973 musical “A Little Night Music.” The “clowns” in the lyrics and title of the song do not specifically refer to circus clowns. The sense is rather of jesters and fools, as Sondheim explained in a 1990 interview:
Sondheim said “I got a lot of letters over the years asking what the title means and what the song’s about; I never thought it would be in any way esoteric. I wanted to use theatrical imagery in the song, because she’s [main character] an actress, but it’s not supposed to be [about]a circus …[I]t’s a theater reference meaning “if the show isn’t going well, let’s send in the clowns”; in other words, “let’s do the jokes.” I always want to know, when I’m writing a song, what the end is going to be, so “Send in the Clowns” didn’t settle in until I got the notion, “Don’t bother, they’re here”, which means that “We are the fools.”
Or as my sponsor in a twelve step program use to say, “When we know better, we do better.”
We forsake some of our folly for willingness. This self awareness never comes easily but it is such a gift and learning about and accepting my self has enriched my life and helped me to grow. Every time I own my thoughts, my feelings and my actions, I grow in my ability to respond rather than react to life.
I love listening to Judy Collins sing “Send in the Clowns.” The song is about the main character in “A Little Night Music” missing the chance to marry a man who she realizes she has always loved but for me, it seems to be a dialogue between my ego and my true self—a reminder of the importance of forgiving myself for my foolishness and committing my self to doing better.
Hope you have time to listen to Collins sing “Send in the Clowns.”
Thank you, Carol. Your words today are filled with thought…I will read them several times as I know there are several lessons for me. Thank you for your wisdom. I look forward to your responses every day. And thank you for Judy Collin’s voice today- she is one of the greats. Wishing you a wonderful day. Blessings
Very thought-provoking ..thank you !
reminded me of a time growing up.. before I was old enough to realize my neighbor was one of Neil Sondheim’s children, and her name was Mary I thought I wish I could’ve married her. And there were other music entities my neighbor Bernie Lowe was the founder of Motown records and discovered chubby checker.👌👍
One of my jobs is to serve wealthy people.
At times, It has been difficult and my
self esteem (ego) can really be affected.
I am learning to keep things in perspective
and live with gratitude.
I am rich in experiences and I am rich
in friendships. I am also rich in thought
and curiosity. I am rich in desire and
loyalty. I am rich in kindness and laughter.
Thank you for this question. I look
forward to reading all of your responses. 🙏
I appreciate your thoughtful posts, Charlie, and agree with Ana Maria that the people you serve — wealthy or not — are better for your presence.
How Powerful!!! Thank you for sharing living with your experience. To serve is a gift, they are richer not because of their monetary wealth but because they are in your presence. Your energy transmits peacefulness and wisdom. You are rich! I love your long list of richness.
Charlie T, Your response warms my heart!
Oh, so many ways! Rich in love, friends, family, the world around me with all that it holds, sunshine, clean water, birds singing, food to eat and a bed to sleep in, meaningful work and yes, the money that work brings me to make my life more comfortable than it would be without it, though it’s nowhere near wealth as people account for money.
I am richer than I ever thought possisble. I have a wonderful husband, a great home (as my husband described it last night…our house is not modern..now -all the homes are “SMART.”..Huh! I will take our NOT smart home any day!!)…rich in the love I give and receive from my cats and dog. Rich in the beauty of our land…money? We have enough to eat and do as we want..we are not rich but we are not poor…many years of hard work- did pan out for my husband. I worked – but was not as wise as he. We are blessed more than I would or could have ever imagined. For now we have our health- we have to watch it and be mindful of what we are doing (that I know after a visit to my doctor on Monday…weight up (thus we have more than enough food!)…cholesterol and triglycerides elevated (food again!!). Peter and I can both work around our land…he is putting fence posts in this morning… I thank God for our Blessings and I am so very grateful and rich with all of you here- for your musings, your kindness, your love and support. Blessings to everyone today and every day. Thank you.
Oh Nanette, how I love your wise answers! I thank you!!
Rich in love, family, good health, and all my needs are met.
As in a molten lava chocolate cake with whipped cream on top? I have never worked where the wages were anything to brag about although I have become very wealthy over time. The practice of gratitude has helped me become aware of that. Becoming alcohol free, once again, has helped also. This question reminds me of something my mother relayed to me after a summers long visit my father spent with us when our children were about 10 and 12. She told me that a little while after he returned home, he randomly spoke “I don’t think they have a lot of extra cash but they eat well.”
And now I want cake…. 😄
Oh, my goodness … two loving daughters, a roof over my head, transportation, a job, enough food to eat, indoor plumbing, books to read, this inspiring online community, the wonders of our beautiful Earth, Divine fingerprints everywhere, the steady in and out of my breath.
What a great question this morning. Thank you.
Laura, I love what you said,”Divine fingerprints everywhere “. Thank you for sharing those beautiful words!🌷
I am rich in my multitude of blessings.
I’m rich with truth! So grateful for the opportunity to let go of the falseness and become one with the light while we are alive ! So joyful! Thank you !
Rich in good health, loving family and friends, having learned to be grateful and taking nothing for granted. I am SO abundantly blessed and rich!!! Thank you kindly to everyone who shares their reflections! 💞🙏🌟🌈
Rich in warmth, openness, kindness and Spirit. When I came into this world, I came without a single investment. So, whatever ends up happening in this all too brief life, I can only be in profit.
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