I feel so lucky to have grown up rich,
to have grown up privileged--
never having had to do without.
Our family was so rich in love & laughter that, despite what I can now look back and see as a modest upbringing & tight income, it never occurred to me we were lacking anything.
I was so privileged to be raised in a home where we were the priorities--
I never once scanned the classroom or audience wondering if mom or dad would be there,
I never once went without the school clothes or the dance lessons, although I can now look back and see that my parents went without quite a bit for themselves.
What a privilege it was to be able to grow up knowing I was loved, feeling I was the most important thing in my parents’ lives.
Financially we often struggled—but the older I get, the more I realize we were abundant in the ways that mattered most.
Money & happiness don’t have to be exclusive of one another. You can raise children in financial abundance and have your priorities in the right place. You can raise kids who feel loved, with a good head on their shoulders, while making a great living.
But you can also provide for every material need under the sun and, without investing in their emotional & spiritual security, still raise children who are poor--
strapped for happiness,
broke in spirit,
starving for real connection.
As a teacher I’ve worked with children from every kind of background imaginable and I’ve often thought about how we really have no control over the hand we’re dealt at birth, only what we’ll do with it. Some of us are dealt a winning hand financially, some are dealt a lucky hand emotionally—some really hit the jackpot and get both.
But the ones my heart breaks for most are those who aren’t dealt either.
Those are the ones who’ve whispered into my heart a deep sense of appreciation for how lucky I was to be dealt the hand I got—one that was so rich in love,
A lucky hand indeed.
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