As you know, I’m committed to buying into all of Wattles’ ideas this year, to see if this so-called Science of Getting Rich really works. I’m still in Chapter One, mulling on this idea that our purpose here on this planet is to live expanding lives.
The first time I read this chapter, just half a year ago, I bought into this idea, wholesale. It made sense that our purpose is to grow and flourish. As a gardener, as a country woman, I see that all of nature is that way inclined. Everywhere around me I see growth and expansion. Everything is in a state of becoming, growing and changing.
I could also see the flip side of the coin: I know how beeping restrictive it is to have insufficient income. As a young person looking forward to my life, I wanted to go far beyond the narrow limits of my upbringing. I wanted to live in many places, study and learn and create and generally wallow in all the variety of a richly variable world. And here’s how illogical I was:
I didn’t realize that the sort of life I visualized would be far more do-able if I took time, first, to get rich. As it was, I couldn’t afford the varied and interesting life I wanted. I was restricted by the narrow limits of what I could afford. I became a real expert at doing-without.
It’s not that I ever wanted a lot of “stuff”. I’m more of a minimalist than a consumer in regard to things. Not that there’s anything innately wrong with wanting stuff - the economy (and my income) are largely fueled by a trickle-down from those who enjoy ownership of material goods - but I’m not constituted that way. If I’d been richer years ago, I would have bought a lot more academic education. If I had more income now, I’d buy a lot more books and I’d hire people to do the housework, help with the gardening, etc. so that I’d have time to read them, as well as time to write more, sew more, maybe sign up for drawing lessons … So many things to experience! If only I were rich.
Oh yes, I was sold on the idea that we are born to live expanding lives, and on the idea to remove the limits on our lives is by getting rich - when I first read The Science of Getting Rich.
Then my old programming began kicking in: It’s wrong to want to be rich. We aren’t balloons that need to be puffed up. I’m fine the way I am, I have enough to live on, I should be grateful for what I have instead of wanting to get rich, and anyway, getting rich is an impossibility for a person like me …. And so on. You probably know this rant - you may have ranted it yourself.
This is the catch: In order to test this so-called Science, I’m going to have to put aside all those money-&-finance ideas that were programmed into my innocent child’s mind, and buy into the idea that it is Right to WANT to Get Rich. Is it actually possible to do that? We’ll find out.
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Optimistically Yours, Elaine H