Traditional definitions of wealth associate it with money and assets. But does wealth equate to happiness? During life’s journey I have met a number of affluent people, who despite their wealth, felt they were missing something. When I was a teen, I travelled with my school band to another city. There I was billeted with a wealthy family. While having a lovely dinner in their elegant dining room the homeowner said to me, I am a poor man, I have nothing. I was confused by his comment as I could see so many riches around me. He clarified, I do not have my health. During the night the gentleman was rushed to hospital and I was moved to a different host family in the morning. This was my first lesson in what money can’t buy. The Beatles have had a major influence on people with their song lyrics. One in particular, “Can’t Buy Me Love” speaks to me. So now I see that money does not buy health or love.
There are many treasures in life that money can’t buy. I can think of few such as a new baby, a significant other, a sibling, a parent, a child, a good friend, or a loyal pet. Additionally, we have nature’s beauty all around us, wildlife, rivers and streams, mountains, fresh air, green grass, gardens and the splendour of the 4 seasons. Next time you are feeling “poor”, think of those who enrich your life with their love, laughter, and support. Take a quiet walk in the woods and breathe in the wonders of nature. You may find that you are richer than you think.