Value the simple things
Many books on success and wealth deem it a sin to be poor or average. To be middle-class or less is to have no value according to them. It seems that the modern world only has respect for billionaires and famous people. Their life-styles are envied by everyone and copied by many.
According to some gurus we can all be billionaires just like them. Everything is possible and you can also be stinking rich and highly successful, just read the book.
The opposite is rather true, in the world of 7 billion people there is only one Chuck Feeney, one Warren Buffet, one Steve Jobs and one Bono. To win the lotto will be more likely than to become the next Bill Gates. We canÂ’t be all millionaires nor can we all be famous. It is much better to be the ordinary good guy next door.
These gurus and self-help books are generally money making schemes on their own. They sell their gospel on the basis that people are mostly greedy and will read anything that will give them the magic formula to get rich. Their folly has created many problems in the modern world. They have sowed an unhealthy spirit of materialism and greed. It is very dangerous when people try to get things they are not supposed to have and try to do things they are not equipped to do.
The whole world is currently going through a man-made recession, created by the voracity of banks and their CEOÂ’s. We learned the hard way! It is at the end of the day much better in the world to be middle-class, or less, than to constantly chase money and fame. The Middle-class and blue collar workers are the people who pay the most taxes and keep the world going. They are the ones who are prepared to toil to complete a honest dayÂ’s work and by doing that make their contribution. Ordinary men and women go home to their children and families in the evening to nurture and prepare future generations.
In Ireland one of the countries hit very hard by the property bubble, everybody will tell you about the pleasant life they had before the Celtic tiger. There was very little glamour, few high hopes of getting rich and very little crime and social problems as well. The country could pay its debts and people were content with what they had. Their life styles werenÂ’t glamorous but they were happy! When the Celtic tiger started, evils like greed and crime also surfaced. Many an Irish person will say everything was much better before the property hype and Celtic tiger.
A life that is constantly looking for something better round the next corner, down the following street behind the next mountain will never find peace. It is like the lonely pioneer always riding into the sunset seeking to conquer something better. The good things are right in front of you, it is definitely not behind the next corner or behind the next mountain. The saying about the grass being greener on the other side is well-known and so true. There is much more dung and stink on the other side. The other saying is just as true, better the devil you know than the devil you donÂ’t know!
Maybe the reader will complain and say everybody should work to better himself and individuals should be ambitious. One wise guy once said the following: Â“It is better to be humble and stay poor than to be one of the arrogant and get a share of their lootÂ” Proverbs 16 : 19. Mediocrity is not a virtue, and everybody knows that. We all need to do our duty with distinction and to the best of our abilities. The only problem is when people lose sight of the fact that we are here to serve and not to be served. We need to better the world for the benefit of all, not the other way round. We are not here to stuff our own pockets at the expense of our neighbour. To do your duty and play the role you are comfortable with in the world, is the new ultimate success and modern day brilliance!
In medieval times a good sage said that the only time the Gods will laugh at you or make fun of you, would be, when you ask them for money. This is confirmed by the prayer of somebody who lived long ago: Â“I ask of you, God, to let me have two things before I die: keep me from lying, and let me be niether rich nor poor. So give me only as much food as I need. If I have more, I might say that I do not need you. But if I am poor, I might steal and bring disgrace on my God.Â” Proverbs 30:7 Â– 9.
Â“If you overvalue possessions people begin to steal.Â” How true this is, we must rather value relationships, they are much more important! Â“Better a meal of vegetables where there is love than a fattened calf with hatredÂ”. Proverbs 15 : 17. Learn to enjoy the simple things and learn to love God more than anything else. Â“Godliness can make one very rich, if he is satisfied with what he has. 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.Â” 1 Timothy 6 : 6 Â– 8. To love God and be satisfied with the normal everyday things you have, will always be a winning formula!
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