Are you rich?

Kids have a way with words. If you have your own, you know what I mean. And even if you don’t, chances are you still have experienced the honesty of a small child.

When they have a question, they don’t understand there are certain things we talk about … and certain things we don’t. So they will blurt out pretty much anything to any one, at any time.

Are you rich?

It’s a simple question, and one that a lot of kids ask people all around them. Yet its also a question that can make a great many people uncomfortable.

It all comes down to how we define “rich”.

To some it may be material things – I’ve known many people who judge “richness” based on the current car they are driving and the clothes they are wearing.

To some it may be the wealth in their bank accounts.

To some it may be the experiences they live on a daily basis.

All are correct. And you can define it any way you choose.

Yet in many ways, “richness” changes every day, depending on how you want to view it.

When something clicks and you look at things through different “glasses”, you wake up to a whole new perspective of the world.

We did that a couple of years ago.

We began putting travel back on our priority list. Yet when we left for a two week vacation in the middle of summer, the only feeling we couldn’t escape was one of worry. Would the lawn survive? What if a water main broke? What about our landscaping?

Everything that held us back was house related.

So we began to talk. What if we didn’t have a house? Did we really need a ton of space for three people? Could we be just as happy in 1200 square feet as we were in 3300?

The answer of course is yes. We’ve been in a condo for seven months now and have never looked back. And in fact, our future thinking is planning out a six week trip to Europe with zero worries about landscaping and grass.

So our idea of “richness” changed from what we owned to what we can experience.

Yet along the way, that translation also was lost in our daughter. Of course things are a bit different between six and sixteen, and they ask questions in slightly different ways. As we were discussing college financing, she finally got around to asking “Are we rich?” in her own special way. And it brought up a several hour discussion on what the term “rich” really means.

What makes your life “rich” now?

What could you change to improve your “richness”?

For every person, it means something different. But if you haven’t asked yourself those two questions, you may be surprised at the answers.

We were.