My idea of true prosperity is having the freedom to be, do and have what you desire. It’s not just about money, although that is a big part of it.
The freedom to be yourself and not feel you have to play a role in your work or private life. Imagine feeling healthy, energised and full of vitality. After all, a lot of people who are “healthy” don’t feel good inside.
Imagine having the freedom to do what you want, to have the successful, fulfilling career you truly want, to have the time to work, rest and play, on your own terms (not just during your two week annual holiday).
And imagine the freedom to have the things and the experiences you crave – the clothes, the new car, the home, the holiday, the relationship, the money, the peace and happiness [INSERT OTHER DESIRES].
Certainly money and wealth can offer some of these freedoms, but money is a means to an end, not the end in itself. So many people get this mixed up. They believe that money is the end goal, but it’s SO not.
The goal is to live a FULL life of freedom and possibility, of health AND well being, of success and fulfilment, of ease and flow, of abundance and prosperity. To have it ALL, not just the money.
Most people are far from having this experience of life. I was talking with a friend recently and she was debating what to do with her career. Her role is demanding and is only going to become more so , with longer hours and more responsibilities. Being a mother of two young kids, she wondered was it worth it or would she be happier working part time in a less demanding role so she could spend more time with her kids. She thought about it and decided to stick with the current job, after all in two years she’d be entitled to shares in the company!
According to Rebecca Campbell “patriarchy tells us that if we follow a linear model everything will work out. Do long hours, keep your head down, just stick at it, you will be rewarded in the end. The old rules of pushing on through for some promise or reward in the future no longer apply.”
Having plenty of money but no time to spend it is false prosperity. Having money but no time to enjoy precious family moments is false prosperity. Having money but no sense of peace and happiness is false prosperity.
It’s time that stop kidding ourselves and realise the truth about prosperity. Working in the soul sucking job to earn the money, to pay the bills, to get the car, the house, the clothes, the this, that and the other is not true prosperity. In fact, it’s quite the opposite, it’s a form of first world poverty. This may sound extreme but something extreme needs to be said to wake us out of our collective denial and illusion.
Your Soul’s Calling
The days of working in the soul sucking job as a means to “make a living” are coming to an end. Our souls are calling for us to be more and to remember who we truly are. And since you are reading this, your soul is calling you! It’s time to become more. More of who you truly are – more loving, more fulfilled, more accepting, more creative, more expressive, more expansive, more free…
In his book The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success, Deepak Chopra says “you have a unique talent and a unique way of expressing it. There is something that you can do better than anyone else in the whole world–and for every unique talent and unique expression of that talent, there are also unique needs. When these needs are matched with the creative expression of your talent, that is the spark that creates affluence. Expressing your talents to fulfil needs creates unlimited wealth and abundance.”
Let’s just look at that last line again “Expressing your talents to fulfil needs creates unlimited wealth and abundance.” Unlimited! Expressing your talents means doing what you love. Talents are different to skills. Skills are learnt but talent is innate. And if you don’t know what your talents are, don’t worry, you haven’t been left out. As Deepak says, “There is something that you can do better than anyone else in the whole world.” How exciting is that? To know that you have something so worthwhile to offer that nobody else can do in the unique way you express this talent. If that is not exciting, what is?
So now, you have some soul searching to do. What does true prosperity mean to you? What are your unique talents? How can you express your talents to fulfil the needs of others? Are you open to receiving the true prosperity that you deserve?
Share your answers below and describe what true prosperity means to you.