Money. It can buy status symbols or security. It can also knock the wind out of your sails when you get into a car accident or when you graduate from college with mountains of debt.
It doesn't have to control your life. In 19 months, I have paid off about $26,000 of debt on a teacher's salary (plus a few part time jobs). I'm on track to being debt free in two years and I've funneled a large portion of my income towards paying off debt, but have also prioritized something more important; planting seeds.
What that means to me is to nurture the things that matter to you. For me, this is church, charity, friendships and myself.
Church gives me an opportunity to anchor my roots and grow in faith and community. It also reminds me to be generous and to give cheerfully, in both time and love. Eating out can be expensive, but nothing compares to the value of sharing coffee with a friend or swapping stories at a local restaurant.
Most importantly, investing in yourself wisely is important. It's important to think small first. I'm talking about little choices, such as a hour just to read and learn. An personal example: a little over two years ago, I decided to spend around $10 on a beginner's watercolor set and some paper. Now, I have the opportunity to paint beautiful memories for people, live paint for events and put onto canvas the beauty I see in the world.
Living a rich life doesn't mean you have millions in the bank. I think it's all about finding those seeds and planting them in fertile soil to grow. I challenge you to redefine what being rich really means to you.