how rich is rich?

… or perhaps the question should be how do you define rich?

Everyone will tell you that it is the state of being wealthy but that’s where the agreement would end. Wealth is defined as having a great quantity or store of money, valuable possessions, property, or other riches. (www.dictionary.com)

In one camp, wealth goes hand in hand with the value of their possessions. Posessions such as houses, cars, boats, motorbikes, stock options, bank account balances, and the thickness of their wallet. But having the perception of wealth is also important for many in this camp. We all know someone who judges others’ worth based on the type of car they drive. For the rest of the population, whether you are impressed by the car will probably depend on the colour and how shiney it is. 

And in the second camp are the people who believe wealth is not measured in terms of money.  These people place more value on family harmony, achievements of their children, having supportive friends, their level of community involvement, and doing random acts of kindness.

Sure money might make the world go around, but the importance you place on money and how much you need to survive varies from person to person. There’s no right or wrong camp in this debate. You are where you are, and you are who you are.

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