Real riches are the riches we possessed in our heart. The greatest good we can do for another is not just to share our riches but to reveal to him his own.  To be able to give away riches is mandatory if we wish to possess them. This is the only way that we will be truly rich. Riches do not consist in the possession of treasures, but in how we use them. 

We can determine how rich we are by the friends we have, the loved ones we have and the people that we care about in our life. That is where our values and that is where our riches are.

The happiest people in life are the givers not the receivers. Some of the most generous people have no money. Some of the wisest people have no education. Some of the kindest people were hurt the most.

Let us treasure kindness. Let us know how to give without hesitation; how to lose without

The quest for riches darkens the sense of right and wrong. Antiphanes

 regret; and how to acquire without meanness.
Kindness is more than deeds. It is an attitude, an expression, a look, a touch. It is anything that lifts another person. No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted. The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention as we may learn from the following narrative of Bill Gates.

As the story goes, someone asked the richest man in the world, Bill Gates, “Is there anyone richer than you in the world?

Bill Gates replied, “Yes, there is a person who is richer than I.” He then narrated a story.

A propensity to hope and joy is real riches; one to fear and sorrow real poverty. David Hume

“It’s during the time when I wasn’t rich or famous. I was at the New York Airport when I saw a newspaper vendor. I wanted to buy one newspaper but found that I didn’t have enough of change. So I left the idea of buying and returned it to the vendor. I told him of not having the change. He said, “I am giving you this for free.” On his insistence I took the newspaper.

Coincidentally after 2-3 months, I landed at the same airport and again I was in short of change for a newspaper. The vendor offered me the newspaper again. I refused and said that I can’t take it for I don’t have a change today too. He said, “You can take it, I am sharing this from my profit, I won’t be at loss.” I took the newspaper.

After 19 years I became famous and known by people. Suddenly I remembered that vendor. I began searching for him and after about 1-1/2 months of searching I found him. I asked him, “Do you know me?” He said, “Yes, you are Bill Gates.”

I asked him, “Do you remember once you gave me newspaper for free?” The vendor said, “Yes, I remember, I gave you twice.”

I said, “I want to repay the help you had offered me that time. Whatever you want in your life tell me. I shall fulfill it.”

The vendor said, “Sir, don’t you think that by doing so you won’t be able to match my help?”

I asked, “Why?”

He said, “I had helped you when I was a poor newspaper vendor and you are trying to help me now, when you have become the richest man in the world. How can your help match mine?”

“That day I realized that the newspaper vendor is richer than I because he didn’t wait to become rich to help someone.”

We need to understand that the truly rich are those who possess a rich heart rather than lots of money. It is really very important to have a rich heart to help others. How wealthy are those who seek riches of the heart? They will always have more than enough of all that bring true happiness in life.

By Tim Pedrosa

To be satisfied with a little, is the greatest wisdom; and he who  increases his riches, increases his cares; but a contented mind is a hidden treasure, and trouble finds it not.