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Richer Than I Think June 11, 2007

Filed under: Soapbox — thediaperdiaries @ 8:40 pm

My husband is very good at being content with our standard of living. I can sincerely admit I struggle with it. Why, I don’t know. We are incredibly blessed. My husband’s job provides us with an income that allows me to comfortably stay home and not have to work. We have a beautiful house that is plenty big and fully furnished. We want for very little and enjoy many experiences money provides us. I could go on…

So why is it that I constantly have a wish list a mile long for all the “stuff” I want. I type want, but in my head I often think need. I hate this about myself, and some times are better than others, but it is a constant struggle. I keep thinking if we had a little more money coming in, I could finally be satisfied, but we all know that is never true. We just want more stuff.

So, it is with that true confession that I bring you the following statistic from a great website I found. Our family is in the top %1 of wealthiest people in the world. In fact, if you make over $47,500 you are in that top %1 too. I love what Global Rich List has to say on the matter.

We are obsessed with wealth. But we gauge how rich we are by looking upwards at those who have more than us. This makes us feel poor.
We wanted to do something which would help people understand, in real terms, where they stand globally. And make us realise that in fact most of us (who are able to view this web page) are in the privileged minority.
We want people to feel rich. And give some of their extra money to a worthwhile charity.

Did I mention how well my husband “gets” this? Did I mention how often he reminds me of this? Did I mention that when he gets more money instead of wanting more stuff, he looks for ways to give more money away? Did I mention how wonderful I think this is and how wonderful it is he puts up with my pathetic attempts to become more content.

In the end, this Bible always says it best.

But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that.  (1 Tim. 6:6-8)



2 Responses to “Richer Than I Think”

  1. Jen Says:

    Happy Birthday my friend! You haven’t lived here for a super long time, but you have been a huge part of my ‘stay at home with young kids’ experience. I’m glad you’re here, and I’m glad we’re in Mom’s Club, book club and our kids are in preschool together. One thing I really like in people is multi-facetedness (another thing I like is making up words) and you certainly are. Have a great day, you have a wonderful family and a life full of fortune; enjoy it!

    I appreciate and respect this post, by the way. I stopped wanting to be rich long ago.. who wants to be a camel? The eye of that needle is pretty small 🙂

  2. Sidetail Says:

    As you know, I also struggle with a “must keep up with the Jones” mentality. I tend to think my great house is embarrassing and that we don’t live well as we “need” to. My turning point was when I had 2 of my students come and help paint my kitchen for pay so that they could have money for food. One kid’s mom kicked him out because she couldn’t afford him anymore. He moved in with his buddy who was also there, but his single mom spent most of her money on crack. They came to my house and literally did not want to leave. They promised to work and work and do whatever if they could just live in my house and have a stable place. They thought our modest home was a dream come true. Even though they were awesome kids, I couldn’t keep them but I did help them go to college. They helped me realize that your greatest wealth is not your materials on earth.

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