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.
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.
people in life are the givers not the receivers.
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
regret; and how to acquire without
The quest for riches darkens the sense
of right and wrong.
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?
replied, “Yes, there is a person who is richer
than I.” He then narrated a story.
“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.
A propensity to hope and joy is real
riches; one to fear and sorrow real
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
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
I said, “I want
to repay the help you had offered me that time.
Whatever you want in your life tell me. I shall
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
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
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
be satisfied with a little, is the
greatest wisdom; and he who
his riches, increases his cares; but a
contented mind is a hidden treasure, and
trouble finds it not.