Saturday, June 27, 2015
YOU WON'T BELIEVE WHAT THIS RICH MAN SAID
LET THE SPIRIT OF HIS COMMENT GO FORTH TO EVERY RICH PERSON IN THE WORLD
But first---some background: He lives in the Santa Fe area at the end of this dead end road
In this fine adobe house he built himself.
powered completely by this array of solar panels he installed himself.
I visit every year or so---we've been friends for 40 years.
He has many of the toys that rich people have: A hot tub---
A Sauna he built,
a cool shaded portico
An electric car he built into an old Mazda
A woodworking shop to dream about.
grows vegetables in raised containers.
(Uses 90% less water than ground crops)
makes compost. Two barrels needed---one is filling , the other is "cooking".
A hammock for relaxing
A full scale country kitchen.
Stairs to his private quarters
And here's the man himself in his great room. He built all his furniture,
Installed all those giant ceiling vigas.
My friend was not always rich. When we were in New Orleans together, he was the poorest in our circle of friends. A modest inheritance of a few thousand was all the luck he needed. Frugal living, good investments coupled with building and maintenance skills made him a rich man. You would not know it by his modest lifestyle---He is content with simple pleasures---reads, cultivates, builds, philosophizes. He took me to a meeting with his philosophy group. I had the pleasure of engaging a 96 year old philosopher---can you believe it---having a keen mind at that age. I asked what these guys had in common. The answer: They are all Unitarians. My people.
RANDY PHILOSOPHIZES: Now I will tell you what the rich man said that I hope will resonate around the world. We were about to enter a theater--I was getting my money out. He stopped me and said: Randy, "when my money has eroded down to about your level, I will let you pay your way----but until then---whatever we do together--I want to pay for." And he did ---and he has---and I will allow it.
DO YOU AGREE SWEET PEOPLE?? GREAT WEALTH SHOULD EVOKE GREAT GENEROSITY.
I have resolved to pay his generosity forward--for often I relate with folks far poorer than I am.
And I will make that same speech to them--and pay their way.
I SAY TO ALL MY READERS----BE SENSITIVE TO THE WEALTH GAP WHEN YOU SOCIALIZE WITH YOUR FRIENDS. Take opportunities to awaken the generous you.
ONE MORE THING my rich friend told me: "I'm a loner--easily irritated by intrusions on my privacy----you are that rare guest that somehow manages not to irritate me or disrupt my lifestyle."
AAAAH THAT MAKES ME SMILE. How do I do it? Glad you asked: