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Food For Thought: Are You Rich? Believe It Or Not, You May Be

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In the 1990’s, US News & World Report had a “Rich Test” in the side bar of one of their articles on the richest people in America.  If you answered “Yes” to any of the questions, you are in the 10% (in terms of wealth) of anyone who has ever lived on the Earth.

The questions were:

  • Do you own more than one pair of shoes?
  • Can you choose what you will eat today?
  • Do you have your own mode of transportation?
  • Do you have more than one pair of underwear?

 

If you answered “Yes,” you are wealthier than the majority of people who have ever lived on the Earth.

 

I own shoes, therefore, I am wealthy.

I own shoes, therefore, I am wealthy.

 

True wealth is not determined by your bank balance or how large your home is or what car you drive.  True wealth, the kind that allows one to be truly happy, is made possible when one has food to eat, a roof over their heads, are debt free, has loving family/friends, and has the freedom to choose their path in life.  According to this definition, most Americans (and many people around the globe) have the opportunity to become wealthy.

 

Enough of my late night ponderings.

 

What do you think?  What is your definition of true wealth? 

Are you wealthy either according to the questions above?

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Author: Laurie Nguyen

I am a happily married, stay at home mom with four sons, ages 24, 22, 18, and 14. I'm not a professional blogger, and I'm certainly not a foodie or a chef. But I like food, so I think I'm qualified to write about my own life experience with food. Want to be a little more prepared for the unexpected? Check out my Food Storage Blog, http://forayintofoodstorage.com. Have a question about Food Storage? Email me: forayintofoodstorage@gmail.com.

27 thoughts on “Food For Thought: Are You Rich? Believe It Or Not, You May Be

  1. Do you own more than one pair of shoes? Two…
    Can you choose what you will eat today? Mostly yes…
    Do you have your own mode of transportation? No, just walking from home to work.
    Do you have more than one pair of underwear? wait……

    :))

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  2. What a sobering set of questions! My shoes and lunches may be very cheap, public tranport my mode of transportation (and my underwear fairly cheap but numerous, for what it’s worth!)… but at least I have choice. In this sense, I am wealthy – nd also in the sense that I am free from fear of war or persecution (although some poor souls who travel to my country do not have these freedoms), I have my health, and my loved ones are healthy. Thank you for your dose of perpective! I truly am “wealthy”

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  3. Well, my shoes and my lunches may be very cheap, I may ride public transport (and my underwear is cheap but numerous, for what it’s worth!) but at least I have a choice! Thank you for your healthy dose of perspective! I should add that I include my health and that of my loved ones (by and large) amongst my riches. Thanks again for the thought provoking post – all the best!

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  4. This is beautiful and truly humbling! I want to print this out and hang it in my kitchen for a reality slap every day! Thank you!

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  5. Thanks for this reminder. I just started reading More or Less by Jeff Shinabarger. It touches on similar ideas, and how to be more generous (with materials, time, love) in a challenging yet encouraging way. Perfect timing for your post 🙂

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  6. Hello Laurie 🙂 I would say you did post some of the main questions we should think about and being grateful daily. We should appreciate what we’ve got even if we may can’t leave for holidays more times a year, even if we not necessarily need a car for work, even if we no necesarily need the newest high tech, but we could add many more things to this list so let’s be happy and learn also to give to whom is in need.

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  7. Have you ever been freshly pressed ma-dim?

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  8. Reblogged this on Happy Homemaker – Redux and commented:
    Still no sewing photos… This post is a really great way to put things in perspective.

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  9. Reblogged this on My Foray Into Food Storage and commented:

    One of my favorite posts to date.

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  10. I think having access to quality healthcare (not a political comment, so please don’t take it that way) and being able to stay healthy is also a sign of immense wealth (the kind you speak of).

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  11. This is entirely true. I support my husband’s Thai family because I am considered “rich.” Even on a teacher’s income, I make more each month than they do in a whole year. By the way, if you own a computer, I think you’re in the top 1%, but I need to find the source on that.

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  12. What a great post. As so many get caught up in everyday life it is easy to forget how good we have it!

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  13. I am rich beyond measure! I share my daughter’s home and there’s usually too much month left at the end of my retirement check, but we are safe, warm, well-fed, and more importantly, well loved. Thanks for a wonderful post! – Fawn

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  14. great post. i shared it shared on my personal facebook page.

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  15. Thanks for reminding me that I’m a wealthy soul after all!

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  16. This made me look closely at the things that really matter Laurie. I am extremely wealthy in light of this quiz, because I have 3 pairs of shoes supplied by the Diabetic Society, a choice of food to eat for a month, enough underwear for a week, and a bus stop in front of my apartment building.

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  17. this really makes you think, personally I think if you have a roof over your head & food on your table then in this world you are very fortunate, the world is a scary place these days, people seem to attach more meaning to possessions rather than looking around and realizing its people that matter not money/things! X

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  18. I agree 100% with this. I think that a little piece of land and people that you love helping to tend it are just about all I need in life!
    And on a side-note, I love that you mention debt. My husband and I are working diligently to pay off the minimal debt that we have, so we can experience the true freedom of owning our money and not having it own us! I think that debt is a sneaky thing that eats away at so many people’s happiness without them ever realizing that they have any other choice of how to live.

    I look forward to your posts, I feel like I learn something new all the time from you! 🙂

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  19. Great post, Laurie. A good reminder of how fortunate I really am. Thanks.

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  20. Hi Laurie, thanks for following Beauty Along the Road.
    As far as your theme here: I grow most of my own food and when I harvest and eat from my garden, I feel that I have been abundantly blessed with food, health, satisfaction and pleasure.

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  21. It’s so easy to forget how rich we are. Our visits to Latin America and life now in Ecuador have been constant reminders of how much we have. Thanks for another great reminder!

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  22. This certainly helps put things in perspective. So often I forget how lucky and blessed I really am, but with just a few questions, once again I’m grounded. Thank you.

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