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What Does It Really Mean to Be Rich?

By Sandy Schroeder

Being rich can be a tantalizing image that bounces around our culture. It’s played out in the news every day, but sometimes it becomes too much when many of us are just trying to work, play, and pay the bills.

Actually defining rich in our day-to-day world might be a good reminder of what it really is. If you think about it, you may be rich in many ways.

Your family is invaluable – When I think about my family, who they are, what they have done for me, and what my kids do every day, I am amazed. Take a minute and think about yours. I suspect you will feel very lucky too.

Your health matters – Wherever you are, if you are out there doing what you want to do, your health may be making the difference. I have friends who are not able to do what they did before because of health limitations, and the loss is very real. Stay active, eat well, and do whatever it takes to stay healthy. That’s real wealth.

Your friends – Stay in touch and reach out to your friends. When issues come up, there is nothing like a friend who really listens and helps. I am lucky to have several long-term friends who make the effort to stay together in the midst of busy schedules. A lunch or dinner with them is a special time. That’s priceless.

Your mind – Without that alertness, curiosity, and sharp view of the day’s work, where would we be? Losing one’s mental capabilities really does mean losing what it means to be alive. Remembering all of the things that you treasure from the past, and being able to look ahead and envision what you want to do next are very important parts of life. Keep your brain young. Play games, read books, tackle puzzles and keep looking for new things. Eat well, sleep enough, spend time with your family and pets, and laugh a lot. Your brain will enjoy every minute.

Your attitude – As much as anything else, your attitude can be an immediate resource that encourages you to make the most of the day. Keep all of your options open, and keep moving. You may be rewarded financially for your efforts, but the real treasures go way beyond the dollars. Take good care of those assets and be glad that you have them.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Boulder, Colo.

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