Be Filthy Rich

My goal is to be filthy rich. Rich in adventure, in health, in knowledge, in laughter, in family and in love.” Unknown

For most of us, being “filthy rich” means having gobs of money in the bank – so much money that we can do whatever we want, when we want. We play the lotto, dream of striking it rich and envy those who are already rich beyond imagination because – mired down by our daily responsibilities – we believe that being filthy rich will set us free from our current condition. It might not occur to us that regardless of our financial circumstances, we already may already be rich, and, more importantly – free. Rather than chase dollars, what if we woke each morning with the intention to be filthy rich in love, friendship, knowledge family or health? Instead of checking our bank account, we might begin our day by taking stock of how much we are loved or love. Or instead of staying late at work one more night, we might choose to instead take a break and enjoy the laughter and company of friends. And sure, while pursuing the riches of our emotional life might not put food on the table, our daily tasks might become more palatable knowing that we are already rich in ways that are important to us. Most of us know what it’s like to count our financial successes (and failures), yet it doesn’t even occur to us to take stock of how rich we are in our personal lives. Yet, when we consider what really is most important to us, it’s the time we spend making close connections, feeling good and doing something we love. We seek money so we can enjoy the things we most love out of life – and all too often, end up waiting for money to arrive before we permit ourselves to fully live our life. If we simply shifted our definition and learned to chase the things that make us feel emotionally and personally rich, all of the things we wait for or put off – self-esteem, joy, fun, and love would be abundantly in hand. And better yet, we would likely feel the freedom we dream of feeling when we imagine ourselves being filthy rich.

Weekly Path to Peace: Be Filthy Rich.

  • Being filthy rich is a state of mind. Notice how deprived you currently feel because of your financial circumstances? Do you approach the world as if you are lacking or hungry for something you imagine you’ll never have? Begin this week by noticing all the ways you feel imprisoned by your finances – and what you put off until you are one day “richer”. Make a list of all the things you dream about having or doing if you were filthy rich.
  • Make a second list. A list of all the ways you are currently rich – in adventure, health, love, friendship and happiness. Add the ways that can increase your wealthy by listing the things you might choose to do or seek out if you viewed rich from this perspective. Begin each day this week taking inventory of all the ways you are rich and try to add a new one each day.

As you begin this week, rate your level of happiness, self-esteem and self-confidence on a scale of 1-10, with 1 being not satisfied and 10 being very satisfied. Notice where you are Sunday evening after you do this week’s peace practice to see if there is a change.