Affluence, my dear, is not a bad word as we’ve been led to believe. As a matter of fact, it’s been so mis-represented that there’s now a condition called “affluenza”. Imagine that!
There’s even a full dictionary definition of “affluenza”:
‘…psychological malaise supposedly affecting wealthy young people, symptoms of which include a lack of motivation, feelings of guilt, and a sense of isolation’
The misunderstanding runs deep. But it doesn’t have to.
Affluence comes from the Latin verb affluere, “to flow abundantly”. Thus, someone or something blessed with affluence has received an incoming flood of riches.Merriam-Webster.com
From what I can tell, the idea of affluence or being affluent makes some people, many people, uncomfortable.
Here’s my theory. There are tons of reasons we shy away from saying “I want to be rich”. We think it sounds bad because, how dare we want to be rich, right? Wrong! Being rich isn’t the problem, how you think of being rich, is.
5 ways to indulge affluence
The problem is when we think of riches as only having lots of money (not that that’s a real problem, just perceived). It makes us uncomfortable so we shy away from wanting that type of affluence and therefore don’t understand the full meaning of the word.
I’d like to invite you to indulge your affluence for just a moment. I’m not taking money off the table because we all want more, whether we’re willing to admit it or not. But there are other ways, along with money, to have, be and create affluence.
If you enjoy great health, please indulge in that! Don’t take it for granted. People are fighting everyday to be healthy, get healthy or just stay alive. Then here you come with all your health affluence as if nothing can get you sick. Who do you think you are? You’re healthy, that’s who and you can indulge and enjoy that, so please do.
Do you have family that you can count on? Blood relatives that you can’t wait to see and love to spend time with? Family that you know will be there for you no matter what? Great! Indulge in it. Some people don’t have that special bond with their families. Some people would do anything to enjoy the family connections you do. Count your blessings.
Now, not only do you have a great family, but you’ve got friends to die for. Literally! You have people who’d do anything for you, and for whom you’d do anything. They are family you’ve chosen and they’re amazing. If you don’t believe they’re to be indulged in, you’re missing the point of “…an incoming flood of riches.” For who has even one friend to count on is rich….
I know, you don’t want to talk about money. But, if you can’t talk about money how can you ever expect to enjoy the money you have. . . or, aspire to have more? Look, having money, or wanting more doesn’t make you a bad person. What makes you a bad person is, well, being a bad person. If you’ve got enough money to pay your bills, enjoy extras beyond paying your bills and even enough to give charitably, you’re affluent. . . .
Didn’t think this was a thing did you? Well, it is. You’ve found it within yourself to be grounded, happy and calm in the face of difficult situations, you’re spiritually affluent. Having found a way to enjoy life with all it’s ups, downs and tribulations is not something we can all do. Enjoy your spiritual journey.
The next time you start feeling resentful of someone because of their perceived affluence, take a look at your life. Someone may be looking at you and feeling that same resentment because of what you enjoy and take for granted.