Rules to live by!
“Before you speak, listen. Before you write, think. Before you spend, earn. Before you invest, investigate. Before you criticize, wait. Before you pray, forgive. Before you quit, try. Before you retire, save. Before you die, give.” – William A. Ward
“If money is your hope for independence you will never have it. The only real security that a man will have in this world is a reserve of knowledge, experience, and ability.” – Henry Ford
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“A true revolution of values will soon look uneasily on the glaring contrast of poverty and wealth. With righteous indignation, it will look across the seas and see individual capitalists of the West investing huge sums of money in Asia, Africa, and South America, only to take the profits out with no concern for the social betterment of the countries, and say, “This is not just.” It will look at our alliance with the landed gentry of South America and say, “This is not just.” The Western arrogance of feeling that it has everything to teach others and nothing to learn from them is not just.
A true revolution of values will lay hand on the world order and say of war, “This way of settling differences is not just.” This business of burning human beings with napalm, of filling our nation’s homes with orphans and widows, of injecting poisonous drugs of hate into the veins of peoples normally humane, of sending men home from dark and bloody battlefields physically handicapped and psychologically deranged, cannot be reconciled with wisdom, justice, and love. A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death.”
– Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
“If we command our wealth, we shall be rich and free; if our wealth commands us, we are poor indeed.” – Edmund Burke
“Wealth consists not in having great possessions, but in having few wants.” ― Epictetus
Today’s Soul Food is short and sweet. It seems, by what’s moved me in my last few posts, that the theme of the week is focused on the concept of money and wealth. Enjoy!
“Everyday is a bank account, and time is our currency. No one is rich, no one is poor, we’ve got 24 hours each.” ― Christopher Rice
Today’s Soul Food is fitting for a Friday. As we embark on our weekends–and some of us cannot help but to focus on what we don’t have and what we wish we had–we have to remember that we create our own wealth. I know this concept is difficult for most of us (especially the red-blooded Americans who grew up being taught to focus on money with every thought, want, need and dream) to wrap most of our minds around but we must remember that no matter what economic “status”, we are all in the same station in life. Never allow others or the material possessions of others make you think that you lack anything. In the end, what one owns has no relevance to how fulfilled and how worthy they are.
I think Oprah Winfrey said it best:
“Everyone wants to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down.”