“O how I laugh when I think of my vague indefinite riches. No run on my bank can drain it, for my wealth is not possession but enjoyment.”
~ Henry David Thoreau
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This quote brings to my mind the well-known image of the Buddha laughing – now that I’ve known it myself, I can see in the Buddha the pure, unbridled joy of his smile and laugh; a triumph over any worldly circumstance.
Many ordinary people think the value of their lives lies in material wealth and social status; their happiness and their perceived riches can easily be stolen away.
When the wealth of one’s life is found in the intangible – in their very attitude and perspective on life – there is no end to the depth of the riches one can acquire! And that kind of wealth cannot be stolen away from one who has already consciously chosen it.