Well hello there,
Hope everyone is well rested after a long weekend of turkey, cranberry sauce, sweet potato pies, candied yams, cornbread, stuffing and all the fixins.
And if I just make you sick with that spread, I apologize. You’re likely one of the few still resting with indigestion and upset stomach.
But for the rest of you, it’s likely time to get back to work – the hustle, the grind, the rat race. I feel for you.
Hopefully, today’s ranting will help pass the time a little easier. You see, I got to thinking about living check to check – about depending on someone else for our bread and butter, our 3 hots and a cot, if you will.
I wondered how many of us can really stop working to go pursue our dream, spend time with loved ones, or just get our heads on straight? How many of us can afford to walk away from a check in pursuit of spiritual oneness?
According to Census reports, less than 3%.
But how is that possible? The economy is slowly creeping up, more small businesses are started everyday, pay is increasing a little every year. So what is going on?
Here’s what I figure…1) we’re a pretty high consumption country, are we saving what we make or spending trying to indirectly broadcast how much we make?
2) the cost of living goes up faster than our pay does…another question might be CAN WE save what we’re making? (Literally, are we able to save money and still afford the bare necessities, in many cases the answer is no).
3) How many people actually know what they would do if they stopped doing whatever they’re doing now? Not many. Ironically, most people admit to wanting a job other than the one they have. Most say they want a job that is more spiritually fulfilling, but they’re afraid they’ll go broke in the process of doing good.
Well, here’s a news flash – those who do good, do well. In other words, those who do good in the world around them fare well. And I’m not just talking about at tax time either.
People who do good tend to feel more fulfilled in their lives. They are more likely to take risks and venture outside operational norms. People who do good, tend to find the positive in circumstances – they see the solutions rather than the problems. They see a challenge as an opportunity rather than an obstacle.
People who do good are often more willing to live in scarcity in an effort to give others the choice not to – ironically, this is also why they tend to do well. One of the universal laws is that we often find what we are looking for once we stop looking for it.
People who do well and are willing to stop looking for wealth are often those who encounter it first. They may desire wealth, but they put it on hold until their mission is accomplished. In the meantime, people will support them, donate to their cause, offer them sponsorship and even award them with grants to continue their work.
Again, people who do good do well. So I got to thinking – what if this were the message we promoted to the public? That you can do good and do well? You can feed the hungry and shelter the homeless and not have to go hungry or homeless in the process?
What if we told our children that it’s a more worthwhile investment to give away $200 to a charity instead of to the bank financing your brand new car? The same car that lost about $7k in equity the minute you signed the papers and drove it off the lot.
What would happen if we showed the next generation how to flash their smile to charm a social investor instead of flashing their cash to impress their peers? Where would we be then?
I don’t know, but I would love to find out.
Posted by Chikita “The Corporate Assassin”
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