What Wealth Means (To Me)

Morning, y’all! Been a while! Jordan over at The Wealth Letters prompted me to share my thoughts on “wealth” for an upcoming book of his (cool!), and what began as an outline for an article somehow managed to morph into a poem, lol… So please to enjoy today: a poem about wealth!

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“Wealth is freedom”

Wealth is freedom.

Freedom to create.
Freedom to live.
Freedom to love!
Freedom to sleep in, or hustle, or do whatever your spirit is moving you in the moment.

Wealth is freedom from worry of the things you have control over
(and grace over the things you do not).

It’s the ability to drop everything and help out a friend when they most need you,
or jump on a project (or quit a project!), or re-arrange life whenever it gets too out of balance.

Wealth is health – in both body and mind.
And being able to say “no” when you want to say no,
and “yes” when you want to say yes!

It’s choosing love over hate,
and recognizing what your gifts are as early as possible so you can give them back to the world.

Wealth is having enough money to not worry,
but not too much where it makes you worry.
It’s the stuff that brings you joy,
but also the stuff that challenges you and makes you stronger.

Wealth is the ability to believe in yourself and know that you are “enough”,
and also that you are loved and worthy and very much needed in our world.

Wealth is peace.
Wealth is freedom.
Wealth is contentment.
Wealth is something we’re always striving for, but not everyday getting. (And that’s okay!)

Wealth is a state of mind, and it flourishes within each and every one of us.

Wake up. Be You. Be thankful. Do your best. Be wealthy 🙏

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And how blessed are we ALL to have at least a little wealth within us? :)

Wealth is about being good stewards of our money, yes, but it’s also so much more than that. It’s how we live and think and shape our lives no matter what’s going on in our worlds. And the beautiful part is we ALL have the power to grow it! For ourselves, for our loved ones, for our community!

So thanks, Jordan! That was a fun exercise to go down, and hopefully y’all got something out of it too :) If you like this sorta stuff (the meaning of wealth, not poems lol), check out his site where he features dozens more from all walks of life –> TheWealthLetters.com

And he’s always looking to add more too! So if you have a few moments this weekend, maybe marinate on it yourself and then pass your thoughts over to him and perhaps you’ll be featured next?!

Until next time, stay wealthy amigos…
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PS: If you’re reading this on the blog today, did you notice anything different?! Like no ads?? ;) I officially got rid of them all so hopefully it makes it even smoother to read… Probably not the smartest decision business-wise, but hey – it just felt right 🤙

Hope things are good in your world! I’ll be back again soon’ish hopefully!

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18 Comments

  1. Angie February 16, 2024 at 8:14 AM

    Yep. Wealth has very little to do with money. Wealth is having peace, joy, good health, relationship with God and family, your creativity and talents, etc.

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  2. Jordan February 16, 2024 at 9:02 AM

    Thanks for sharing this J, and also for being so willing to be vulnerable to provide what wealth is to YOU!

    Can’t wait to have future readers have access to this “poem” of yours in The Wealth Letters published book down the line!

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    1. J. Money February 18, 2024 at 5:02 PM

      Yeah dude!!! It was a fun exercise to go down – appreciate you having me :)

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  3. Financial Fives February 16, 2024 at 5:54 PM

    Wealth is freedom, and wealth is health. Also because you don’t have to worry about a stressful job or doctor bills if you have wealth ;). It also allows us to have time to rally the good in our communities. Great stuff!

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    1. J. Money February 18, 2024 at 5:04 PM

      Yessir!! Some of the most rewarding stuff so far has been volunteering and helping out the community! Greatly expands your friend network too :)

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  4. Anna Himes February 17, 2024 at 5:55 PM

    Wealth is being able to help others when they need it. Wealth is being able to get the dog a surgery with it only being a minor convenience.

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  5. mobilehomegurl February 18, 2024 at 7:59 AM

    Nice poem J! A lot of what you said really holds true. Looking forward to hearing more about the book! :)

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    1. J. Money February 18, 2024 at 5:05 PM

      Thanks Rachel :)

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  6. Lisa O February 18, 2024 at 2:21 PM

    Nice! Enjoyed reading this article today :)

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    1. J. Money February 18, 2024 at 5:05 PM

      Thanks so much Lisa :)

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  7. Bryan February 29, 2024 at 7:54 AM

    Now that I’ve reached FI, I just feel a bit lonely, bored, and depressed. I am grateful for the freedom, but having some trouble getting my footing in this new chapter. I am still hanging on to working just a few days a month because of that (I don’t really want to or need to), but there is so much extra time now and the few people I do know are working or raising a family etc. Just a random thought I’d throw out to you or anyone reading.

    Peace

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    1. J. Money March 2, 2024 at 4:22 PM

      Dang, sorry to hear man! Have you thought about joining some clubs or volunteering at places you care about?! That completely changed the game for me…

      Took me a handful of months to figure it out, but once I started volunteering more and then going to the gym/yoga studio my friendships quadrupled! They’re not the same friends that you normally hang out with on nights/weekends, but there is def. good people around during the work days – they’re just in different spots :)

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  8. Don Tillery March 19, 2024 at 6:09 PM

    Excellent poem J. Money. It sang to me all the way through. I have spent many years trying to instill in my children (who are all grown now) that money is not about being able to buy things, it is all about the power of choice. Instead of being forced to choose things due to lack of wealth, your choices will always be yours when you have the amount of money you determine to be wealthy.

    I am also kind of touched that you cut off the adds, that was quite the altruistic move on your part. Thank you..

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  9. J. Money March 25, 2024 at 3:08 PM

    Appreciate it, Don! I hope your kids were paying attention to you the whole time as that’s one solid lesson! 😁

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  10. Mailbox Moneyman April 23, 2024 at 7:40 AM

    Hey J, I discovered your blog, and the first post I read is a… Poem?….
    And it was great man. This line resonated with me the most:

    ‘Wealth is the ability to believe in yourself and know that you are β€œenough” ‘

    Sometimes, I wonder if I’m chasing Wealth to have enough or to prove to myself and others, that I am “enough”.
    Thanks man, great poem, great post. I’ll keep reading.

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    1. J. Money April 23, 2024 at 8:29 PM

      hey dude – glad you enjoyed it!

      loving your blog name! Old school reference!

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