A New Perspective On Wealth
Can a poem change your life? This one did for me. Luna Jaffe (financial planner, artist, poet, and more) helped me see how my “non-essential” values and efforts have created true wealth:
To care and be cared for by friends, family, nature, myself, my body, a bigger presence.
You can sit on your gold
piled high in
but it will not hold
your head or stroke your
cheek or feed you chicken soup
when your world lies broken
at your feet.
Instead, you must invest
the seeds of vulnerability,
the grain of your longings,
into the lives of other humans
that are here, with you,
walking the tender trails
of exquisite mourning.
This is what you have been
without knowing it.
Each time you open your door,
open your heart, open your wallet
Each time you offer a hand or an ear
Each time you reach out and companion
someone when their strength falters
You are building your wealth,
that sacred source of sustenance that
cannot be tallied or contained or controlled.
When you walk through
hell, as the sticky tendrils
of darkness grab your weary limbs,
(and, believe me, we will all walk
through these corridors),
the only way to survive
is by opening to the grace
that you yourself have created.
You must allow yourself to be
tended to. You must breathe in
the arms that hold you.
You must surrender to the wild wealth
of community you’ve been
building all these years.
This and only this
is how it’s possible to walk through hell
bleeding and raw
to the other side
You can build your wealth by resting into who you are
You don’t have to create sustenance alone. I’m here to help you with my 7 Pathways and coaching. Schedule a free assessment to see how we can work together.
And comment to let me know what you think of this poem and how you create your wealth—I’d love to hear from you.
May we be filled with wealth and love,