There are two ways to be rich.
The first and usual chosen path is to work hard, create value for your neighbor, and let them pay you for your craft, talents or your product. As you gain more and more certificates of achievement (in other words, money), you can use these chits to trade for things you need and want. Eventually, you hope, that bucket of needs and wants will fill adequately…then, you will be rich.
But there is a second, simpler path. One that is so simple in its beauty, yet few of us follow it. The second is to whittle away at those “needs and wants.” In essence, to make that bucket much, much smaller. Theoretically, we could make that bucket infinitesimally small. Think of the beauty of the air that you breathe. It is absolutely essential to your life…a few minutes without the life-giving oxygen it provides and your body will die. The cells will still be there, but they will cease cooperating to form the entity that you consider “you.” And yet, the air is always there. It’s free of charge. Even if you managed to make that “needs and wants” bucket incredibly small, you would still need a place for air. And yet, that portion is always filled, provided for you as you need it: in this moment.
It’s funny to me, actually. I know the second path to riches is here. Right Now. I hop on it, and I am rich. It seems so easy and so fulfilling in the moment. But, I hop right back off of it…back on to the first path. Why is this the default for the vast majority? Why is this my default path? Chasing, chasing, chasing. Ever expanding that bucket, then trying to fill it.