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June 4, 2009

How To Get Rich.

Thursday Thirteen

I was thinking this morning about the ways in which people are rich. Here’s what I came up with.

Thirteen Ways to Get Rich

1. Money – that’s the obvious one, not that money necessarily makes you happier as a person. Money makes life easier.

2. Family – people who stand in your corner and love you no matter what mistakes you make.

3. Friends – people who will stand with you and protect your back. Friends are people who you don’t have to pretend with, who know you’re hurting and are ready to help. Friends take the good and the bad times and share them with you.

4. Pets – lead a richness to life that is under estimated. All my little dog wants is food, shelter and a pat. She makes me laugh even when she’s just had an accident on the floor.

5. Children – they’re your chance to make a mark on the world, to carry on your name and make you proud. They can also come in handy when you’re old and need looking after.

6. A lover – there’s nothing better than strong arms to hold you close at night.

7. Shelter – it doesn’t need to be fancy, but a way to keep warm and dry.

8. Good health – so you can enjoy the small things.

9. Food – to survive, and if your larder includes chocolate all the better, I say.

10. Music – to bring a beat to a celebration, big or small.

11. A sunny day – it’s winter in New Zealand. A little sunshine always makes a good day better.

12. Freedom – this should be a basic right. Every person should have room to fly.

13. Books – to enrich the mind. Hey, this is my list, and I think a book is priceless.

What do you think makes a person rich?


  1. Ms Menozzi

    What a wonderful idea – and how true! :)

    As for chocolate in the larder – rich chocolate in the larder makes you even richer! Am I right? Eh? ;)

    Happy TT!

  2. Hootin' Anni

    Well, I must be VERY wealthy…I have all [not much of #1 tho]…..the list of yours is indeed a rich one.

    My Thirteen is posted…a message to all cats/dogs AND their owners. All in fun! Happy day wishes to you….

  3. Ella

    Yes, couldn’t agree more!
    (especially about the chocolate *grin*)

  4. Mary Quast

    What a beautiful TT. Kinda reminds us all to stop and appreciate what we have. Thanks!

  5. Maria

    If I could add one more, it would be: Purpose of life.

    I like knowing there’s a reason to get up and get at it. It makes me feel useful and needed.

  6. Lucinda

    I like your list and it’s nice to be reminded that there are a lot of different things that contribute to living a good life.

  7. Kaye Manro

    It is a wonderful list, Shelley. You can come up with such good TT.

  8. Lidian

    That is a wonderful list. It reminds me of something I read once about what a person needs in life-

    Something to do
    Something to look forward to
    Someone to love

    And for me, also a good mystery to chase down at a little desk of my own (I didn’t have any office space at home when my kids were little and I missed it)

    And, of course, a little chocolate – dark for me, please! :)

  9. Carleen

    Love your list of ways to be rich that don’t necessarily cost much in the way of money. Happy TT to ya!

  10. Adelle Laudan

    Very nice. All things we should be grateful for. Happy T13!

  11. Roberta Harwell

    Hello Shelley,

    I agree with your list from top to bottom. Chocolate, however, needs to be on each line. Just a thought. LOL Have a great day.

  12. Stephanie Adkins

    Amen, Shelley. I couldn’t agree with you more. We’re all rich in so many ways. Happy Thursday. *hugs*

  13. Joy

    What a great T13 list…and a good reminder about how money is not necessarily what makes you rich. :) A very fulfilling list…

  14. Amy W.

    I could really use #8 right about now, this bad biy is just lingering (Emma and hubby are better but I’m dragging). And if you want to help me out on #13 by writing faster I’d greatly appreciate it! LOL! But that is a wonderful list that I can agree with.

  15. Alice Audrey

    It all comes down to love. Even the money – it’s value comes from it’s ability to bring things you love within reach, like good food and time with friends and family.

  16. Catherine Bybee

    Family. Health. Love. Yep, that’s about it!

  17. Susan Helene Gottfried

    Attitude. You can have nothing but still be rich in so many, many ways.

  18. Happily Retired Gal

    WONDERFUL list today … reminding us of riches we often taken for granted.
    Hugs and blessings,

  19. Shelley Munro

    LOL Ms. Menozzi – rich chocolate is what I’m aiming for!

    Maria – that’s a good addition. Everyone needs something to aim for, to challenge them. It helps us grow as people.

  20. Shelley Munro

    Lidian – that’s a great saying and so true.

    Amy – take care. I’m sure hubby and your daughter are spoiling you. Get well soon.

    Alice – I agree. Love is a powerful thing.

    Susan – attitude is a great addition to the list. A good, positive attitude goes a long way toward happiness.

  21. Jennifer McKenzie

    Yes, and I agree with adding chocolate to that list. LOL.
    And maybe whiskey.

  22. Fedora

    Yep, health, family, and friends. And confidence, as Susan mentioned–attitude–to enjoy those rich blessings! Thanks for the great list, Shelley!

  23. Debra Kayn

    Love the list, except I’d substitute caramel instead of chocolate. :grin:

    Ok, ok, I’m leaving before someone throws a shoe at me! lol

  24. Sunnymay

    Great list. I’d add using talents and skills in a career. Include room in your schedule for volunteering by giving back the guidance you’ve received along the way. Spend time with people who love you exactly in the present and who also encourage you to grow. I feel rich by sharing and listening to friends. Chocolate helps smooth over everything.

  25. Janice~

    :grin: Ah, you are speaking mostly of the riches of the spirit.

    I like chocolate too.

    Happy TT.

  26. Shelley Munro

    Jennifer – a good glass of wine or some similar never goes astray.

    Fedora – I think confidence and attitude are very important.

    Debra – you can have your caramel. I’m fine with that – more chocolate for me! :mrgreen:

  27. Shelley Munro

    Sunnymay – I agree. Those are some great additions. Thanks for sharing.

    Janice – yes indeedy. I believe money isn’t everything.

  28. Jackie

    I think #8 on your list is the most important thing that enriches a person’s life…if you have your (good) health you have everything.

  29. Heather

    What a beautiful list, Shelley! And I agree–books are definitely priceless.