The Attitude of Wealth

The images we have when it comes to wealthy people are usually negative, thanks to reality television and movies. Most real life wealthy people think their life style is, “normal”. The overseas’ vacations, the cleaning lady, being able to go to the store and getting whatever they need. It’s those who are poor that notice the difference. They notice the full refrigerator, new furniture, the name brand clothes, and find it strange when no one mentions money when it comes to dreaming for the future. For the wealthy, money is a given, there will always be more money coming.
When I was in Australia, without knowing I gave this illusion I was wealthy. Maybe it was because I was able to afford moving there. Most didn’t know it was God who had blessed me with a college grant and made everything worked out like only a God miracle could. I saw some kids party their days away (yes, even at bible college) but for me I never took a day for granted. Instead of hanging out some nights, I would volunteer as an editor and in return sometimes get paid which helped with some of my bills. I never expressed to my peers of money situations, I was confident God brought me this far, He would provide as I continued to walk in faith -by working and volunteering. When I returned my mom told me she sold tamales to people at my church to help out with the cost of my rent.
Years later, an Australian friends came to visit my home in California. One of the first thing he said was, “Oh, I thought you where rich for some reason.” I laughed but then started to think about that statement. Another friend who visited said, “Wow, now I see what a miracle it was for you to go to Australia, now I understand the challenges you had to overcome.”
I began to think of how I was able to make my friends in to thinking I was rich without even trying. They where right, I didn’t act poor.

Some of my best friends are wealthy. I learned a lot from growing up with them. I learned the importance of education, goals, and being driven. They hated when other kids would call them rich. I guess they saw how hard their father works, and knew wealth required sacrifice. I watched their father give up family time to take care of his business, he never clocks out. I dreamt of being just like him, not having to rush to work and having breakfast with the family. I even worked for him for a short time when I was going to college, and saw how he made executive decisions with such confidence. He is a godly man who loves helping the church by being generous. I saw him notice the potential of others and give them opportunities. Driving to their house reminds me success is attainable. I can love God, help people and be successful without losing my heart.
My father also taught me great lessons of faith, to read books, set time aside to read the bible and help those in need. A family joke is my dad will give his last dollar to a homeless man.
Mixing lessons from both men have create my ability to walk as a wealthy woman who lacks nothing. The art of acting wealthy is to notice the wealth one already has. Most of us been blessed to go to bed not hungry, most of us been blessed with a job that pays the bills, we’ve also been blessed to read and create. I’ve learned not to let the amount money make me feel poor. Learning how to manage my finances from wealthy authors has also helped me make better financial decisions. Its my attitude that will determine my wealth.

Author: Moniemuse

Video Editor & Media Department Director

5 thoughts on “The Attitude of Wealth”

  1. My favorite story about wealth is by Og Mandigo. He was a man of god and a motivation speaker/writer. He was asked by a rich man. I’m tire and my life had no meaning. Show me why life had some meaning and I will paid you a million dollars. Og took the man to a graveyard. The rich man asked why was he here? Og told him. The people buried here have no hope or chance. You are alive. You can change your self and your world. Wealth isn’t money. True wealth is the good deeds and things you have done in your life. Greedy men are forgotten. Good people are remembered. I like the logic of your blog.

    1. Wow I’ve never heard that story before! Thanks for sharing it. Its so easy to let our circumstances get in the way of our goals in life. Overcoming isn’t easy but worth it 🙂 thanks for reading

  2. In the short while I have followed Monica’s blog I have enjoyed her transparency and willingness to put this type of thought out there, it is refreshing.

    In this blog post “wealth” has definitely been defined as money, power and material success. So, redefining wealth as “the good done in life” doesn’t change the gist of the article. If anyone walks around as if their life is the “norm” then they are, even in some small way, egocentric, regardless of how much money they have or do not have.

    It (attitude of “wealth”) truly comes down to testimony and who gets the glory. Imagine what it would be like if people stopped attributing their material success to all their own hard work and realized both God’s hand and the opportunities they have had that most others have not. This is the true testament of how one sees his/her wealth. It is neither completely our own doing nor is it something to keep to ourselves.

    I once heard Warren Buffett explain that his wealth was not made of his own doing. IN addition to all the people that helped along the way, he was born at the right time with the right talents to make him successful. Had he been born 20 years earlier or later success may have eluded him.

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