Resilience and Wealth; Inspired by Sean P. Diddy Combs

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Wealth is More Than Money

a version of this article was previously published

“I’m coming home, I’m coming home, tell the world I’m coming home. Let the rain wash away all the pain of yesterday. I know my kindgom awaits and they’ve forgotten my mistakes. I’m coming home, I’m coming home tell the world that I’m coming.

Back where I belong, yeah I never felt so strong. (I’m back baby) I feel like there’s nothing that I can’t try and if you with me put your hands high. If you ever lost a light before, this ones for you and you, the dreams are for you.” Sean P. Diddy from Coming Home on Last Train to Paris album.

Wealth in Life, Inspired by P. Diddy

Over the years, I’ve written a lot about embracing experience over things.

In general, I’m quite unsentimental, but when I saw Sean P. Diddy talking about his life and listened to his song, Coming Home, I was deeply touched by his candor. He talked about how performing for the troops humbled him and made him feel profoundly grateful. As he related his difficult upbringing and performed this song, I became overwhelmed with gratitude as well.

More than gratitude, he expressed the resilience of one who has endured a difficult upbringing and triumphed. He talked about dealing with the ups and downs, something we all can relate to! And finally, “coming home, that place where they’ve forgotten my mistakes.”

“Money Can’t Make Up for it”

Money beyond a certain level, provides minimal additional satisfaction. That’s not my opinion, but a fact backed up by many research studies.

Another well known fact is that Combs has plenty of money; nevertheless, another lyric in the song underscores the futility of money in the face of loss.  “Can’t make up for the loss when your loved ones are gone.” Just ask Caroline Kennedy or Elizabeth Edward’s children.

Remember in all of your striving, competing, and working to get ahead, what really matters.

Never believe you have the most troubles of anyone. There is always another with difficulties larger than yours. Life is not about avoiding pain, or running from turmoil.

Getting up from a fall and moving on is where true satisfaction resides.

Wealth in life is mostly about things that can’t be bought; friends, family, health, and community.

Although I love writing about money management and how to achieve financial wealth, don’t ever think that it is more important than WEALTH IN LIFE. Challenge yourself to welcome adversity, triumph over it, and be thankful for what you have!

And never take for granted your home and the important people in your life. After losing our water for five hours this week, I realized how little I appreciate our easy access to water. I could spend hours counting all our good fortune, even during the worst times.

ACTION STEPS

  • Spend 30 seconds doing NOTHING.
  • Write down everything you appreciate in your life.
  • Listen to some of your favorite music!
  • Disconnect

What makes you WEALTHY IN LIFE?

    18 Comments

  1. I’m grateful to be getting my financial house in order at such a young age. I love the fact that I’m focused on my credit and net worth, instead of looking up 10 years from now and asking myself how to get out of a situation.

    Briana Ford

    December 14, 2010

  2. Briana, You deserve to feel good about that. You are choosing to make your life better and taking responsibility! These smart decisions now will benefit you for many years.

    Barb

    December 14, 2010

  3. “never take for granted your home and the important people in your life.”

    So true!

    MoneyCone

    December 14, 2010

  4. Money is a tool, but it by itself cannot bring happiness, I agree. It’s what you can do with that money, and for whom, and with whom, that counts.

    Invest It Wisely

    December 14, 2010

  5. @Money-You are so correct, the important ones in your life are precious and you never know how long they will be with you.
    @Invest-So well put. In fact, I regularly need to be reminded of this!

    Barb

    December 14, 2010

  6. Money only increases what you already are. If you are unhappy without money (provided that your necessities and a few wants are already met), you would be unhappy with an abundance. Apparently, money can make you a little bit better looking though 🙂

    Roshawn @ Watson Inc

    December 15, 2010

  7. Hi Shawn, Your comment brought up a really important point. It reminds me of Abe Lincoln’s quote, “Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.” Yes, money does come in handy for the botox, fillers, and plastic surgery :).

    Barb

    December 15, 2010

  8. Great post, great advice. I’m thankful for my wife and three wonderful kids. I’m thankful for the opportunity to work in a profession that I love that allows me to help clients reach their financial/life goals. I’m very lucky.

    Roger Wohlner

    December 16, 2010

  9. Hi Roger, Thank you so much for sharing your treasures with us. You are wealthy beyond money. Happy holidays.

    Barb

    December 16, 2010

  10. I’m just grateful for life. I’ve seen so many people get seriously ill or pass away this year that I have broken it down to my most basic, and that is life.

    Sandy @ yesiamcheap.com

    December 16, 2010

  11. Unfortunately, money becomes a master to serve for many forgetting about what really matters in life, one’s family. Any time you lose ignoring your family is lost forever. On the other hand, you can always catch up with money over time.

    BeatingTheIndex

    December 17, 2010

  12. @Beating-It’s so important to value those that are really important, as you so aptly put money comes and goes!

    Barb

    December 17, 2010

  13. Reposting this article, after several years, reminds me of how easy it is to look at the negative and ignore all the positive in life, especially all these commenters, many of whom I count among my long term online buddies.

    Barbara Friedberg

    December 12, 2013

  14. Money can’t buy happiness but it sure can make life easier! I am thankful for my family and my health, Happy Holidays Barb!

    Paul @ The Frugal Toad

    December 14, 2013

  15. @Paul-Well put! That’s why it’s great to balance growing your wealth with appreciating what you already have!

    Barbara Friedberg

    December 14, 2013

  16. I agree that it’s the people in our lives that give us true wealth. Having money is important so that we are not a burden on others, and can do the things we want, but we shouldn’t be so caught up in the pursuit of money, or any other thing, that we forget what is important.

    Bryce @ Save and Conquer

    December 14, 2013

  17. @Bryce- I have to remind myself of what’s important every day…. otherwise the other stuff takes over.

    Barbara Friedberg

    December 15, 2013

  18. Very inspirational, the words did strike a cord with me. Resilience to come through is very important, it’s important in finance because not everything goes to plan, having the character and knowledge to deal with the setbacks can really keep you focused. This is an excellent piece Barbara,thanks for sharing.

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