On Nature and Wealth
You wrote so beautifully about your experience in nature that I thought I would add a comment. I agree with you. For me, the same peace comes from being outside, especially in amongst the woods that spread themselves over the part of the world where I currently live.
Contentment and peace are not often associated with wealth in the “business manuals”. Yet they are such a crucial part of it.
Your post reminded me of a conversation I once had on a beach in Borneo. I was sitting with a group of the young men and women who worked in the hotel where I was staying. It was late afternoon and the sun was setting over the sea, casting wonderful ochres and golds and russet colours over the expanse of water in front of us. The wind ruffled the palms overhead gently.
As we chatted, it became clear that all of the “locals” were set on one thing: getting a job in Saudi Arabia, or the UK, so that they could earn money and become rich. I remember saying to them: “And why do you want that?” “So that we can buy things” they replied. To which I said that many people in the West work hard each and every day so that they can travel to places like the beach on which we were sitting and watch the sun set over the sea; something they had for free!
Wealth comes in many shapes and sizes and whilst it’s true that money doesn’t buy you happiness in and of itself, what it does do is buy you the ability to choose what you are doing at any given moment. A lot of people would choose to be on a beach somewhere, or on a golf course, or out in nature – as you were.
The elusive quality is not the money so much as the peace of mind that comes with being in such places. And the real trick is to find that peace of mind within oneself, no matter what is going on around us.
I am lucky. Last night, I went for a stroll in the “gloaming” and watched the early spring sun as it dipped over distant hills. In the distance I could see three deer. They were upwind of me, so couldn’t catch my scent. I tucked myself in to the roots of a big old beech tree and sat quietly, waiting. About an hour later, they had worked their way to within 12 or 15 yards of me and they passed by not knowing I was there.
As I watched them, moving silently over the grass, until I could look right into their wild eyes, I was filled with that sense of gratitude that comes from such moments: the simple beauty of being alive, in the here and now.
Gratitude is one of the laws of Divine Wealth. Our challenge is to find such gratitude within ourselves, even when things around us appear to be in meltdown. It’s a crucial ingredient in finding that elusive peace and contentment you talk of so eloquently.
A simple way to start the process is to spend the first minute of each day saying what you are grateful for – either out loud, or to yourself.
Posted on March 16, 2011, in Divine Wealth, Gratitude and tagged Divine Wealth, Divine Wealth Journal, Gratitude and Wealth, Nature and Wealth, Richard Cawte, Wealth, wealth mindsets. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.