Santa Claus is coming to town! It’s nearly Christmas, and I’m sure your excitement is mounting.
Mountains of presents, great food and quality time with the family. Above all, a brief get away from the soul crushing daily grind of a job (bear in mind that in the rich man’s lingo JOB is Just- Over-Broke). What more could people want? By definition Christmas has to be the perfect ending to anyone’s year. But..is it all that it is cracked up to be?
It is important to remember what Christmas truly is. It is to commemorate the birth of Jesus Christ. I am a Hindu myself, but I have to say even if you don’t believe in the religious aspects of Jesus you can still appreciate the goodness of his teachings of kindness, compassion, empathy and humility. Unfortunately the celebration of his birth has possibly become an excuse for nothing more than consumerist excess, greed and the wanton destruction of nature to satisfy man’s wants. Every year millions of turkeys are slaughtered for Christmas (on top of the millions killed for Thanksgiving in autumn in the US). Millions of pine trees are felled so they can serve for a few weeks as Christmas trees before being thrown away. This is neither just nor generous.
How is this relevant to changing your life? I think very relevant. Our world is a world of plenty, where people who truly desire something and work for it will get it. But it is also a world where harmony is important. Wealth without health is pointless in any case, and the spiritual well-being of people is very important. Those of like you and me who are striving to become rich are not doing so purely to satisfy our needs. We are doing so that we can become strong and in a position to help others who may be less fortunate than us. We are also looking to give back to our world, which has given us so much. That would be real nourishment to our spirit, and a testament to the real spirit of Christmas as well.
The path to great wealth can also become an intense spiritual journey toward becoming more compassionate. Money is not the root of all evil. Lack of money is. Christmas should be a time for reflection, on how we can become better people. Acquire wealth, and then use that wealth to help poorer people and the environment. A common theme I have come across in reading about business building and the acquisition of wealth is that those who gain more money are also the ones who use that money to help others. It is a virtuous cycle.
It is the people with generosity in their hearts that ultimately succeed in making that transition from poverty or struggle to great riches. I hope that reading this article has made you one of them. I look forward to resuming our exploration of money, business and changing your life in the New Year.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!