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  • We are back in Connecticut where my husband is wrapping up the end of a consulting contract. The trip from Georgia was peaceful. The drive always reminds me that wealth has little to do with money. It’s in the eye of the beholder. It’s been a journey worth taking to see what I have through the eyes of a steward rather than an owner. Ownership is just an illusion that gives me a false sense of control. One of the gifts of losing my financial security early on was realizing that things have no objective worth other than what society assigns to them. The things that sustained me were the good meals cooked and shared by friends, random acts of kindness like finding a toll paid for by the car ahead of me, free tickets to a play from an anonymous donor, a load of wood for the fireplace, our only source of heat, my books and pictures, a battered but loved stuffed lion from childhood. Summed up, they probably wouldn’t pay for a tank of gas but they warmed my soul. Those moments of receiving taught me to cherish shared gifts that could never be repaid with or assigned a dollar value. Wealth is meant to flow through us, not to us. It finds us in every moment if we have a mindset of abundance.
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