Rich, rich, rich…

I just came across this web­site The Global Rich List and wanted to share with all of you.  Check it out to see where you stand in the ranks of global wealth.  I really like this site because it gives you visu­als and sta­tis­tics that demon­strate our true wealth.  Yes, I said wealth because, if you are read­ing this, in your free time, on your com­puter — you are wealthy!!! Check it out — The Global Rich List.

I stum­bled upon this at the per­fect time as I needed a reminder of all my good for­tune.  With the excep­tion of being blown away by the bless­ing of hav­ing two healthy kids, I haven’t been liv­ing in a state of awe and grat­i­tude for all that I have been given.  I have taken for granted all the lit­tle lux­u­ries of life that come so easy for me.  For exam­ple, open­ing a can of soda or any bev­er­age of choice with­out hav­ing to work 7 hours to earn it…Global Rich list - small things

Soda is not my thing but Star­bucks Vanilla Bean Frap­puc­ci­nos with extra whipped cream are and in my priv­i­leged world, the only time asso­ci­a­tion I have to think about is how far I would have to run to burn off the Vanilla Bean Frappuccino…

So,why is it so easy for me to for­get how lucky I am when it comes to mate­r­ial wealth?

Prob­a­bly, it is because I am sur­rounded by other extremely wealthy peo­ple.  I for­get that my real­ity is not the real­ity of the major­ity; I am com­par­ing myself to the rich­est 10% of the world…Who have the lux­ury of wor­ry­ing about the fact that my win­ter boots are so “3 years ago”, that the paint on my house is already chip­ping (we just painted, darn it!), that I have to do laun­dry again or that my car is always get­ting stuck in the snow.  The fact of the mat­ter is I am lucky to have a car, as 93% of my friends around the world don’t even own a car (1)!!!

I am thank­ful for sites like this and sta­tis­tics like these which bring me back to reality:

Global Rich ListObvi­ously, I can’t go giv­ing my monthly salary away every month…but maybe I could choose to go with­out some­thing to fund one doc­tor for one month?  Or maybe, more impor­tantly, I could live every­day in grat­i­tude and aware­ness that -

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I have a feel­ing that if I woke up each day remem­ber­ing this, the triv­ial wor­ries of my life, would in fact, seem more trivial…

[1] Stearns, Richard (2009–03-10). The Hole in Our Gospel: What does God expect of Us? The Answer that Changed my Life and Might Just Change the World T(he Donella Mead­ows Archive, Voice of a Global Cit­i­zen, “State of the Vil­lage Report,” the Sus­tain­abil­ity Insti­tute,). Thomas Nel­son. Kin­dle Edition.

About Emily Betzler

Hi, I'm Emily Betzler. I'm a mother, wife, friend, and lover of life. I'm passionate about using my life and specifically my purchases/finances to make this world a more beautiful place.

2 Responses to Rich, rich, rich…

  1. Debbie Cruz 03.12.14 at 9:45 pm #

    Thank you for shar­ing this. I really needed this. We are expe­ri­enc­ing “lean times” and I am so over­whelmed with my needs. And yet I still am so far richer than most of the world as you point out. I need to remem­ber to be grate­ful for what I do have and know that our “lean times” usu­ally pass (con­struc­tion weather warms up) and we will “have” again. Yet for so many of these peo­ple their “times” usu­ally never change. Love what you are doing! Lord Bless you.

  2. Emily Betzler 03.13.14 at 9:37 pm #

    Deb­bie, thank you so much for your com­ments and for shar­ing. I know God had excit­ing things in store for you and your family…can’t wait to see them come to fruition.

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