What does wealth mean to you? Does Scrooge McDuck come to mind, lounging on his mountain of gold? Or do the faces of your family and friends pop into your head?
Wealth is the capacity for change.
~ C.S. Holling
This is my favorite definition. One that seems especially meaningful now, in light of the changes occurring in the economy.
I love turning the notion of “wealth = stuff” on its head. Change is tough with lots of stuff. It acts like tethers and slows your movement.
I like to play with this idea by imagining what I would take with me if I were to load up the car and drive away: some artwork, and art supplies, a few books, maybe a rock or two from an awesome adventure. A rug, a chair, my grandmother’s cast iron pan and my other grandmother’s wooden spoon. My pillow. My dog. Maybe a plant or some seeds.
It’s fun to think about where I would go if hit the road, and then I step out of my back door, into the long Montana summer evening, and I am totally content just where I am.
Tell me, where would you go if you just picked up and left? What would you take with you? What makes you feel the most wealthy?