Last night I had dinner with my dear friend Ruth Ann. We ate at the Grand Buffet (a Chinese food fest extraordinaire) – it was yummy to be sure – but even better than the food was the company. Spending time with Ruth Ann is food for my soul. I love that woman…she is so real…so authentic and comfortable in her own skin.
The older I become, the more I understand about how fortunate I am. Fortunate to have so many fabulous people around to help populate my life – people of substance. I know a lot of people who live big lives that are fueled by big money. There are some folks that believe that those lives are the ones to envy. Hmmm…not so sure that is the whole story. Yes, money is nice and may provide peace of mind, but it does nothing for the soul. I am so happy that my soul is aging – my new forty soul is better than my old forty soul and I suspect that my new fifty soul will be even better.
To be sure, my soul is evolving. My soul is becoming richer every year with a wealth that is truly worthy of envy. A worth that is fed by knowing myself and putting increasing primacy in life on people and not things. I think I am becoming more of what God expects me to be. I think I am getting a better idea of where my joy lives with every passing year.
It sounds Hallmark card-ish I know, but it is true that quality of life really is more about the people in our lives than anything else. And wow – I have been so fortunate over the years to be surrounded by some magnificent people. In day-to-day life I sometimes forget how wealthy I am and I think it would be a great idea if God would just let me win the lottery…but then I look around at my life and the people in it and I know that I already have won the lottery. Yes, there you have it…the secret of my wealth – nurturing relationships with people of substance. Now that is an investment strategy that I strongly recommend. 😉
Day five hundred and ninety-nine of the new forty – obla di obla da