He was talking about some very wealthy people with multi-millions and even billions.
And then he says, you know what the difference is between the rich and everyone else:
I asked him what he meant by this.
Then he starts listing off to me like this:
"Well, they live in a home, and you live in a home.And it was amazing how smart his words were, and it hit me how right he was.
They drive a car, and you drive a car.
They eat food and you eat food."
It's all sort of just in our minds.
Their homes are bigger and nicer; their cars are more luxurious and fancier; their food is better and tastier...but what difference is any of that really.
We both have a roof over our heads to protect us from the elements and a nice place to sleep.
We both have a car that gets us from here to there and back again.
We both have food and drink to fill our bellies and nourish us.
Isn't the rest just a bunch of bling?
It's branding and marketing and the sense of luxury that some are better and have more than others.
But beyond the essentials, we really don't need any of that!
What we do need is our relationships--people we care about and love and who love us.
The ability to have a deep impact on others.
To influence them and make a difference in their lives--in what they do and how they treat others.
The ability to help people and society.
The bling is just bling.
The ability to love and influence that is true wealth. ;-)
(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)