A truly wealthy life is not one filled with money alone. Money is just one colour of the rainbow of a wealthy life; we need the other colours to get the full rainbow. When all these colours pass through the prism of life our life is made whole, just like the colours of the rainbow combine to give white light.
Without peace, our life can never be fulfilling. What use would all the money, the most beautiful body, prestigious work and loads of time be if we do not have the peace to enjoy it. So, it is important that whatever we do in life, we should make sure that our peace of mind would not be destroyed and for that a spiritual perspective is very important.
Happiness, true happiness, is an inner quality. It is a state of mind. If your mind is at peace, you are happy. If your mind is at peace, but you have nothing else, you can be happy. If you have everything the world can give – pleasure, possessions, power – but lack peace of mind, you can never be happy. – Dada Vaswani
Values are the things that we believe to be right and wrong. We can get our values from our environment, parents, or from the scriptures. No matter where we get them from, they influence our life to a great deal. A life built on correct values would lead us to a fulfilling life and a life built on incorrect values would make us stumble often. The job that you do in life should reflect your values. You cannot go wrong if you follow what Ellen DeGeneres has to say on values:
Here are the values that I stand for: honesty, equality, kindness, compassion, treating people the way you want to be treated and helping those in need. To me, those are traditional values.
As we live, we give to the world around us. There is no way you can escape that. You can give for the good and peace of the world or for the opposite, but you have to give. If you live in a way so that you contribute to increase the good and peace in the world, you will feel fulfilled and wealthy. The work that you do should make you feel that you are contributing to the world around you. As Anthony Robbins put it:
It is not what we get. But who we become, what we contribute… that gives meaning to our lives.
The Divine says in The Bhagavad Gita,
Perform your prescribed duty, for action is better than inaction. A man cannot even keep up his physical body without work.
We all have to work every moment of our life, even if we do not have what we call a formal job. The work that we do should be aligned with our values. It should give us joy and we should be eager to do it. The amount of work that we do should be balanced, neither too much nor too little. We should also not be attached to our work or job. If it goes away, we should view it as an opportunity to do something better. Offering everything we do to the Divine is the best work of all.
Time is eternal. Our body is not eternal. We have to die someday and the death-clock is ticking way from the moment we are born. So it is important that we make the best use of our time: to spend enough time with our family and friends, to do things that you believe are worthwhile and live in the present moment and remember the Divine.
Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you.- Carl Sandberg
To keep the body in good health is a duty… otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.- The Buddha
Health is extremely important. A healthy body breeds a healthy mind and a healthy mind breeds a healthy soul. Although many seers have overcome physical sickness, if we have a strong and healthy body, it makes our life a lot more easier. So eat well, sleep well and work well and you will be on the way.
Money is obviously important. Money is not the only thing but it is important to have enough money so that you are financially free. Financially free does not mean you are extremely rich. It means that your expenses are greater than your passive income from investments and therefore you do not need to work for a living. This frees up time to do the things you love, to spend time with the people you want to be with and spend more time in silence and with the Divine. We need to know when we have had enough and then let go. As Greg Easterbrook put it:
Everyone needs a certain amount of money. Beyond that, we pursue money because we know how to obtain it. We don’t necessarily know how to obtain happiness.
There you go, that is the rainbow of the wealthy life. To see whether you have caught that rainbow, answer these questions by Vicki Robin and Joe Dominguez:
- Do you have enough money?
- Are you spending enough time with family and friends?
- Do you come home from your job full of life?
- Do you have time to participate in things you believe are worthwhile?
- If you were laid off from your job, would you see it as an opportunity?
- Are you satisfied with the contribution you have made to the world?
- Are you at peace with money?
- Does your job reflect your values?
- Do you have enough savings to see you through six months of normal living expenses?
- Is your life whole? Do all the pieces — your job, your expenditures, your relationships, your values — fit together?
It may change the way you live your life from now!