And oh I couldn’t understand it, for I felt I was rich
And I told them of the love my momma sewed in every stitch
And I told ’em all the story momma told me while she sewed
And how my coat of many colors was worth more than all their clothes
But they didn’t understand it
And I tried to make them see
That one is only poor
Only if they choose to be
Now I know we had no money
But I was rich as I could be
In my coat of many colors
My momma made for me
Made just for me
By Dolly Parton
People hate being poor. They frown upon being poor and certainly loathe it.
What we’ve lost sight of is that it’s… Okay to be poor, a good thing even.
Why? It’s a learning opportunity. A character building opportunity. For most of us, whether or not we’re poor is highly dependent upon our attitude.
If we believe that we can’t afford to live below our means, we probably won’t even try to find a way to make it happen. That’s a good way to make sure you never get ahead.
I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. Philipians 4:12
Instead, why not take the view that you really do have enough? A simple change in your point of view can make all the difference. It allows you to look for ways to use your resources more efficiently, so that you can not only live within your budget, but under it. After all, it doesn’t matter how much money you have, if you don’t live beneath your means, you can’t save/invest for the future.
Here are some important things I think we need to learn from being poor.
- Stewardship. If we aren’t wise stewards of few resources, why would we be given many?
- Contentment. It’s clichè, by its true; if we’re not content with little, there’s not a chance that we’ll be content with much.
- Humility. It’s oh, so easy to be conceited in our wealth. Being the person without a smart phone (or whatever), keeps ya humble. A trait which will hopefully be carried over into wealthier times.
- Adaptability. Being able to adapt to your financial situation can be an invaluable skill that will carry over into other areas of life.
Money is not the be all, end all.