The world defines rich with money & things. The more of those a person has, the richer they are. While there is nothing wrong with money & possessions, they truly don’t make a person rich.
What makes a person rich has little to do with “things”. It’s about having a life that is full of what makes you feel alive & happy, no matter how much money & stuff you have.
There are some things you can do to make yourself rich with things that will bring you much more joy than stuff can.
First & foremost is spiritual growth. Knowing God intimately is the best thing you can do for yourself. He truly is a loving father, & nurturing that relationship is vital to a person’s well being. For those who grew up with narcissistic parents in particular, this step is especially vital. Since people tend to look to God like they do their earthly parents, it can be hard to trust Him & believe that He loves you. Get to know Him & you will learn that He is trustworthy & He does love you a great deal. Also, the more you get to know Him, the more He will show you about yourself.
Creativity is also vital to living a rich life. Creative outlets are wonderful! They calm the mind & body, as well as bring joy. If you are unsure where to begin, consider things you enjoyed doing but have set aside. Did you like drawing as a child? Grab some paper & a pencil & try to draw something now. Or, consider trying something you never have done before but have always wanted to. Plant that garden, learn to sew, take a class in creative writing. Don’t let anything hold you back!
Write in a journal. Spend time writing in a journal about your life. Even if your only activity was going to the grocery store, write about it. The more you write, the more you will learn about yourself. Writing also helps you to process things, which can be truly beneficial. If you dislike the idea of writing, then don’t discount the journal idea. Instead of writing, draw pictures or paste pictures from magazines or printed out from the internet that somehow speak to you.
Clean out your stuff. The less stuff you have, the less stuff you have to maintain & the more time you will have for the things that truly bring you joy. Decluttering can be a daunting task but it is well worth it! To avoid feeling overwhelmed, start small. Clean out a cabinet or even just a drawer as you are able to. Create boxes for things to give away, things to sell & things to throw away. Once you start, it gets easier, & before you know it, you will have decluttered your entire home! Many people find minimalism a fantastic life style. I’m not one who could live as a full minimalist, but I do like having less stuff.
Clean out your schedule while you declutter your possessions. Chances are there are things in your schedule that you can stop doing or do more efficiently. If your child has practice a few nights a week, why not see if you & another parent whose child participates in the same activity would be willing to share taking your kids to practice. Maybe switch days or one of you drops off the kids & the other picks them up. Don’t forget your household duties, too. Rather than spend your entire Saturday cleaning, why not do a little daily? You will spend less time cleaning & your house will look clean all of the time, not only on Saturdays.
Simple steps like these can help you to live a much richer & more meaningful life!
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