I’ve got everything in the world – except money.
My body is in excellent health, due to a lifetime of Yoga, juggling, and the odd bit of Parkour.
My children are strong and curious. They are beautiful creatures, that I have the honor and privilege of shepherding into this world.
My wife is a beauty. She is an incredible mother, and a lusty partner.
I live in Costa Rica, where the weather is tropical and the people are friendly.
I work from my laptop, doing interesting things that take someone of advanced intelligence to accomplish.
I am a very fortunate man.
But money – that’s the one thing I don’t have.
My kids are wearing through their shoes.
My bedsheets have holes in them.
My wife and I wait until the kids are finished eating, and then we eat whatever is left on their plates.
The only way we can save up enough money for rent and groceries is to deny ourselves the basic pleasures of fresh light bulbs and socks.
I spent the last of my meager spending money today on bottled water and canned beans.
For a time, I am living as a pauper.
This isn’t new to me. I once lived as a street musician for a year, hitchhiking from one city to the next with nothing but my backpack and my guitar to my name.
Being broke with kids, though…that’s different.
I don’t want to raise my children in a poverty-stricken family, because I want them to believe the world is abundant and will support them through thick and thin.
I’ve got some plans to make my fortune over the next few years, and I think I’ve got a good shot at it. I’m smart, I have in-demand skills, and I’m good at making an impression with powerful people.
So I really believe this is temporary, this period of poverty. I am grateful that I can see it as an inconvenience, instead of as a threat; it makes poverty easier to bear, when it is not coupled to fear.
But still, I marvel that in a life as blessed as mine, I find myself continually preoccupied with where to find my coin, instead of marveling at the beauty around me.
It proves Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. Our lower level needs, when unmet, preoccupy our attention. We are unable to consider, evaluate, or properly fulfill our higher level needs when distracted by the lower.
Even in paradise, one loses focus on the heavens if your feet are not well shod.
- Photo by Anders Rasmussen
So now, with every other area of my life overflowing with good fortune, I turn my attention not to the accumulation of coin, but to consistent thoughts of gratitude for what I do have.
At this point in my life, I have quite a lot. I have everything that could cause misery to a billionaire, if they led a life without it.
A healthy body, a beautiful wife, glorious children and tropical weather. Thats what I’ve got.
Being broke is no big deal.
Caelan,I love the way you write and how real you are, you are not afraid of telling about yourself afraid of being judged wrong or right.You are smart and funny and daring. You and Johanna are the perfect couple and I admire you guys from far ( california)I haven’t met you guys but your attitude about life and courage with 3 kids in tow makes me really admire you. Now Johanna is even starting to teach NIA in CR! How cool.I hope sometimes in the near future we could meet, until than thumbs up to you guys !thanks for writing cool things!emanuela
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Thanks, Emanuela! We’ll cross paths someday, I’m sure.
It’s funny but lose you health or even worse your children’s health and everything becomes insignificant, even money
Thats true, health (you or your children’s) is one of the few things that can trump a preoccupation with money.
Gratitude is where it’s at. With all that you do have, and all that you are grateful for, the universe will balance and there will be financial abundance. But of course, you already know that…
True, michelle. So long as we retain our gratitude, no matter the situation, we will be ready to reap the abundance when it finally does come.
My son is looking for customer service staff in San Jose… it would allow you some leeway while you are building your business…
I Liked your story.
Isn’t it true. Wealth can be measured by more than just coin. However I agree, basic human comforts must be met in order to ease the process of learning to see…see the framework of the world and the artifice of the economic system. That vast game we find ourselves involved in. We didn’t create the rules. The rules are written by those who would keep us from seeing clearly…it’s more profitable. However, when each of us looks within and acknowledges what is truly important to us, a path to happiness and full bellies will always open.
You’re right, Ramman – the key is making your own rules. Fortunes (monetary or otherwise) don’t come by following the path laid out by others. That makes Traceurs uniquely qualified to blaze their own trail.
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