Real riches are the riches possessed inside. ~B.C. Forbes

I am precious, unique, and authentic.

Namaste’ Fellow Traveler,

Today we focus on creating a vision of true prosperity, what we want to zero in on moving forward. If I define wealth as having enough money in the bank, I will never reach my goal because inevitably the carrot keeps moving ahead of me out of my reach, but not out of my perception. True prosperity is not finally getting enough; it is knowing I have enough and the Universe will always provide exactly what I need at all times.

The value of gold is only in how it enhances my life.

When I picture true prosperity, I start with my health. As long as I can claim a healthy mind, body, and spirit, I am fully blessed. Next, I want to keep on living a life of purpose and drive. I want to have a reason to get up every morning and a desire to fill my day with rewarding experiences. Then, I want to maintain meaningful relationships with myself and others. Finally, I want the means to do these things, not only money, but also the energy and motivation that they require. All of this prosperity comes from properly managing the minutes of my days.

Life is by definition a precious gift of time I have to spend in the way I choose to use it. I am prosperous when I value the present moment, when I recognize the gift is here for me in each second of my life. I am gifted with time to focus on my relationship with myself and others. I increase my prosperity when I give myself quiet time to appreciate my precious, unique, and authentic self. True prosperity comes as a result of holding a divine/inspired picture of what is mine to do with my time, my life.

Time is our most precious commodity. Being proactive with health care, paying bills on time, doing repairs to the car and house will keep me in a place of security and peace versus the panic and trauma that prevails when I don’t. Another action that reaps huge rewards in the long-term is saving for retirement. This is where time really is money. Any financial adviser can provide a chart to illustrates the huge difference between starting to save in your twenties for retirement versus waiting until you are middle-aged. Making healthy choices that honor self-care and wise use of time and money are a great measure of where you might place yourself on the scale of personal prosperity.

True prosperity is enjoying the bounty of nature.

Another factor amplifying my good is an attitude or willingness to accept more. Yes, I am grateful for what I have, and I am always willing and ready to increase my good in every area of my life – health, experiences, relationships, the tangible items that enrich my life experience (home and car), and money in my bank account. Just because I know I am blessed and thrilled with what my life looks like right now, does not mean I want to close the door on welcoming even more.  

Along with welcoming more, I also claim the ability to know my limits and realize when ‘more’ stops being a blessing and begins to create its own problems. Too much of anything creates issues – food, time commitments, relationship obligations, and even exercise. If I over indulge, commit, or obligate, my blessings end up being challenges. Therefore, having a sense of balance and boundaries is another part of my vision for true prosperity.       

Prosperity awareness means staying in the present moment. Too often I have found myself worrying about my financial situation and projecting into the distant future. It is important to look long term, especially around issues like retirement and making sure that debt does not become an issue, but allowing those issues to consume my thinking keeps me out of the present moment. Focusing on what I can do today to prevent and minimize the crisis of tomorrow is a time saving strategy that will serve me well in every aspect of my life from health to passion to relationships.           

Sadly, our commercial world, focused on glamour and glitz, is a testament to the fact that many people are mired in the idea that money is a measure of success. I spent the first half of my life convinced that there was something outside myself that would make me happy. Finally, after many life lessons, I realized I already have all I need. My true wealth is within. It is a state of mind.

Journal: It is time to fill in the 3rd column in the chart you started in the previous journal. In each subject area, describe ultimate prosperity, where you would like to move from where you are now. Remember to stay focused on the positive.

Affirmation: What is your positive affirmation from today’s writing? Example: I am richly blessed with everything I need and more.

Letter from your soul: Review your journal entry and your affirmation and write a letter from your soul to you reflecting on both. Address the letter with a term of endearment because this is how your soul sees you. Then allow the love your soul has for you to pour out onto the page.

Buen Camino, Pat

Wealth is the ability to fully experience life. ~Henry David Thoreau