WHAT DOES WEALTH MEAN TO ME: Another IPS (Inner Peace Symptom)

WHAT DOES WEALTH MEAN TO ME: Another IPS (Inner Peace Symptom)

Another IPS (Inner Peace Symptom):  a tendency to appreciate the abundance in your life and to celebrate in the overflow.  [It makes it a lot easier for other folks to relax around you….]

Alexander Green in his THE SECRET OF SHELTER ISLAND:  Money and What Matters, says, “Money can buy freedom from want and from work that is drudgery.  But beyond that, it begins losing its power….Most certainly it cannot buy contentment.  The stark finding of recent studies is that beyond the safety net, more money adds little or nothing to your subjective well-being.  Yet almost everywhere people imagine it will.

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Okay.  So, money isn’t “wealth.”  If not, then what is?  As an exercise in mapping out my mind, I considered this question:  What does “wealth” mean to me? 

Over the course of some months, I’d write down another thought as it occurred to me.  After a while I had a pile of them.  And then I sat and looked at them some more.  Finally I got interested in doing something else.  By then, I had a pretty good list to think on.

I thought it might be a good thing to share some of my answers that came out of this exercise.  Perhaps this will spark your own musings about a most important topic.  In no particular order, here are my own thoughts:

  • Wealth means noticing the abundance all around me.
  • Wealth means being surrounded by people who operate from abundance.
  • Wealth means being surrounded by other people whose walks are congruent with values that match or are compatible with my own.
  • Wealth means being able to live my days well, with kindness and generosity and a lot of love mixed in there.
  • Wealth means having “Musashi” freedom – the ability to walk my own way in Beauty effortlessly.
  • Wealth means standing right with the people in my life, acknowledging and accepting the connections and obligations between us with gratitude and with a commitment to keeping the ball in play so we can go on dancing with each other.
  • Wealth means spending my days helping other people play and playing my own self.
  • Wealth means nourishing others and myself with the abundance that surrounds us.
  • Wealth means having the ability to be of benefit to the other people in my life.
  • Wealth means having the goodwill and trust of the people in my life.
  • Wealth means being able to let go of petty and to let go of chickenshit grabbing for stuff and more stuff.
  • Wealth means being able to expand letting right action flow through me.
  • Wealth means being able to support the people I care about as they do their own heart-dance.
  • Wealth means being able to say “yes” when people sincerely ask for help that they need.
  • Wealth means being able to see the consequences and the ramifications of saying that “yes” so I am able to do just enough to be a true help and not an obstacle or hindrance to their own dancing.
  • Wealth means being able to do everything that needs to be done in a timely way.
  • Wealth means flowing well with the Creative.
  • Wealth means being able to live my life walking lightly in the world.
  • Wealth means being able to change the way I move when the way I am dancing no longer works well.
  • Wealth means being able to act appropriately.
  • Wealth means having the time and the space to breathe and think and feel what I want to do next.
  • Wealth means being able to enjoy what I have already accomplished without compulsively reaching for more.
  • Wealth means being able to follow where my curiosity leads me.
  • Wealth means being able to stop and notice the Beauty around me.
  • Wealth means being able to savor my own accomplishments and those of others who are also dancing their own heart-dances.
  • Wealth means being able to share the stories I can tell with other people who also have their own stories to share.

For me, it seems, wealth is made up of a very few things:

  1. time and room to move around and gawk at the world and giggle with friends who also like to laugh,
  2. excellent relationships with the other people wandering around in this place,  and
  3. a proper way of walking in the world.

All of these things are supported and made possible by having money flowing through my life.  (It’s a heck of a lot easier to do this stuff if you’re not caught up with worrying about getting the rent paid and food on the table.)  But, I am noticing that none of them actually require a full Dragon-cave’s worth of glittery treasures all stacked up.

Over time, before I went off chasing after some butterfly or other, two thoughts percolated up from the simmering cauldron sitting in the quiet glade in the woods that is my center-place:

  1. All the good things in my life come from the abundant Universe and it is my birthright to dance in that abundance.  I am sincerely grateful for the abundance that surrounds me and I can keep on making room in my life for it.
  2. I pay upfront for all the good things in my life by refining my walk in Beauty and by walking my own walk with as much sincerity as I can muster and with the authenticity that comes from my understanding of who and what I am.

You know, I still like this way of thinking….

Here’s another poem:



The wealth of this world’s in the stories

That people tell each other, one on one,

That enumerate the sorrows and the glories,

That capture hearts with images fine-spun.


The coin that can move mountains is not gold,

No matter what the miser-analysts might say.

It’s how that gold was won, and all the stories we spin

That bring all of our hearts out to play.


The fulcrum sought by old philosophies

For moving ’round the world and all its get

Is the stuff the storytellers seize and fold

Into new molds until they’re set.

By Netta Kanoho

Picture credit:  Haleakala Sunrise by Eugen Nalman via Flickr [CC BY-NC-ND 2.0]



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14 thoughts on “WHAT DOES WEALTH MEAN TO ME: Another IPS (Inner Peace Symptom)

  1. Hello TitaWorks! This is thk2g15 from Wealthy Affiliate. I must say that this post of yours is truly inspirational. It really brings you to a different perspective in life. I definitely agree that money , although is very important, cannot buy true happiness in our lives. It takes a lot more than materialism to live a fulfilled and fruitful life!

    I definitely enjoyed reading this post as it makes me see the world from a totally new standpoint.

    1. Hey Marcus: Thanks for the visit and your comment. I thank you for your kind words. Please come again!

  2. Netta this is a truly inspiring post. You are sooo right. Wealth is more than notes and coins. We starve other aspects of aspects of our lives – family and friends and a constant reminder that each day is a gift worth celebrating- in search of wealth.

    I sometimes forget these things too and I find myself worrying whether I have accomplished much out of my life. I am a young and vibrant man but I still have the fear that I might regret when I am old and have unaccomplished dreams of the career I want, that fantasy house and the life I’ve always dreamed.

    Being ambitious will never be a bad thing but if we chase all these vanities, we could lose out of what we should be thankful for today…

    1. Stornyi, thank you for the visit and your comments.

      I’m finding that the only way I’ve found to maintain that all-important “attitude of gratitude” is to make it a deliberate habit, with little rituals like writing down what you’re grateful for and paying attention and enjoying it when good things happen to you. Doing that every day seems to get your head programmed so you can keep on doing it.

      I’m glad you enjoyed the post. Please come again.

  3. I love your list! So much of our wealth or abundance stems from what we are rather than what we have! When our energetic alignment is abundant our physical experience improves! Such an easy concept to know but more challenging to understand or experience!

    Your website is beautiful, by the way, and very easy to read and negotiate. Well done!

    1. Hey Heather:

      Thanks for your visit and your comments. I’m so pleased that you are enjoying it. Please do come again….

  4. This is a well written post with good perspective. Your list is a contemplative re-direct to where one should put their focus in life — as life is short.

    Who doesn’t get wrapped up in the conquest of “stuff”? It’s the people in our life that mean the most. We live fully by giving back to others, and loving ourselves and our neighbors, like Jesus did.

    1. Hey Lainey:

      I do thank you for the visit and your comments. Please come again!

  5. Oh, Netta, you’ve got me again! I needed to hear this, and I hope you don’t mind, but I am going to add what wealth means to me.

    *Wealth means having the time to see the smile in a loved one’s eyes
    *Wealth means having the ability to see the sun set and rise
    *Wealth means I am free to have the wind blow kisses on my face
    *Wealth means dancing in the moonlight and not giving a damn about what another thinks of me
    *Wealth means I am free to be me
    *Wealth means I am still alive.

    With Love and Gratitude,


    1. Amberlee: Your wealth thoughts are wonderful! I especially love the dancing in the moonlight! Please do keep coming! I like your visits….

  6. I read your poem on wealth and thought it was pretty inspiring. I’ve always believed that true wealth cannot be found in pride of possessions, but I believe that true wealth is found in being grateful for the things that you already have. Some of the “wealthiest” people that I know have also been some of the poorest people by this world’s standards.

    It’s so hard for those who already have their basic needs met not to take those things for granted. We’d all realize how wealthy we truly are if we just opened our eyes and gave thanks for what we already have.

    Thanks for the poem!

    1. Thanks for your visit and your comments, Marc. Please do come again…

  7. I once heard a clever comment that’s something along the lines of “money can’t buy you happiness, but it will allow you to be miserable in a better part of town.”  So true, and what you say is also true.  Material wealth is pretty meaningless beyond a sufficient amount of money.

    Wealth is in the abundance of life and spirit.  Without breaking free from our chains and helping others do so, we can never know abundant life.

    1. Well said, George….

      Please do come again.

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