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December 9, 2011 / Man in the Mirror

3 Ways to Get (and Be Truly) Rich

The best career choice, I believe, is doing what makes you happy.  Rather than working for more money to buy things to make you happy, make a career of living happily first and see what a huge difference that makes (especially when you find the combination of both).  You become a truly happy rich person, bringing joy (not unhappiness) into the world.  A truly rich life can be found in these ways:

Seek Joy First
In speaking of true riches, the Gospels quote Christ revealing the secret:  “Seek first the kingdom of God and all else will be given to you.” (Mt. 6:33)  Where do we look?  “The kingdom of God is inside you.”  In other words, seek first what makes you happy because the true richness of life is there.  Follow the holiest and happiest spirits within you and all manner of things will be well.  That’s a divine promise.

Don’t Worry
Worry never feels good and it’s not good for us; it’s powerful enough to make us sick.  Worry obsesses on what’s not happening, blocking every chance of feeling good about anything.  “Enough, then, of worrying about tomorrow,” Christ advises strongly. “Let tomorrow take care of itself.  Today has enough troubles of its own.”  (Mt. 6:34)  If you feel yourself starting to worry, go to a happy place.  Focus exclusively on the riches you do have – on what makes you most happy – so all that you want can appear.  That, too, is a divine promise.

Help Others
The only everlasting value any of us has on this planet lies in what we do to help one another.  True richness lies in an attitude toward life that assumes every situation can be changed for the better.  Each of us is called to help one another on this life’s journey; to care for one another as brother and sister, enriching the lives of everyone we meet.  At least that’s what makes me the happiest richest person on earth.  If you want to be truly rich, help someone every day.

Until next week, think about this:  “Be content with what you have.  Rejoice in the way things are.  When you realize nothing is lacking, the whole world belongs to you.” — Tao Te Ching

Karol Jackowski, Ph.D., became a nun in 1964. She’s also been a college administrator, graduate of New York University, manager of a toy store, author of eight books, painter of religious folk art, and sister to everyone she meets. Please visit her website at


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  1. Rachel / Dec 28 2011 1:26 am

    Hey thanks for this article, quite an interesting read. Are you going write a follow-up for it? I’ll be sure to check it out if it happens.!

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