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The Richness of Life

It’s been one of those weeks, one of those months.  Crazy crazy busy, but in a good way. Can’t resist telling the world, I got to see (or feel really, is a better word) the Bruce Springsteen concert in Brisbane, in the pit about 3 metres from the front (thank you Bill).  One of those experiences you want to have in a life.

And I’ve  finally ticked off the last of my 2012 New Year’s resolutions:

It’s had me thinking all week about what makes a life rich, what we call rich, and whether the two overlap at all.  The tickets were expensive, and rural girl that I am, meant a trip to Brisbane.  I feel very lucky – very very lucky –  that I can afford it, but a big part of why I can afford it is that I don’t buy stuff.  Hardly at all. It would be several years since I was last in a shopping mall.

The Bruce Springsteen concert tour will have a serious ecological footprint, and even local musicians with lights and amps and instruments will make a track.  But it is nothing like the ecological cost of the same amount of money spent on stuff. An economy where economic growth requires more mining is an economy on amphetamines, and we all know how that’s likely to end. But an economy where economic growth means more music, art, theatre, science, research, education is in a healthy state.

And for an individual, the richness of life is in what you do, not what you have.  The good part is that doing richness costs the earth a tiny fraction of having richness. It’s another of those elegant congruences, where a good life and a good life are the same thing.

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  • Liz March 24, 2013, 4:09 pm

    I tried to get tickets to his Hanging Rock show but failed so very jealous of your experience. I also liked your ‘get pounded by the surf’ resolution I think I need to start a list with that on it.

  • Linda March 24, 2013, 5:47 pm

    My brother in law is to thank for the tickets, and for managing the whole process of getting us to the front of the mosh pit, which made it one of those numinous experiences. Thanks Bill!

  • Gavin Webber March 24, 2013, 8:10 pm

    Great post Linda. You pose a great question about stuff. We are the same. Not spending much on stuff so therefore able to pay down our mortgage at a rapid rate.

    Here is hoping for a soft landing.

    Gav x

  • Katie March 25, 2013, 11:22 am

    We went and saw Bruce (in Brisbane) too and it was just the best concert I’ve been to since I saw him in Brisbane in 1985! I love it that I have reached that understanding (wish I had it earlier) that experiences and relationships are so much more rewarding than stuff.

  • tricia March 25, 2013, 1:20 pm

    I like that ‘doing richness costs the earth a tiny fraction of having richness’ 🙂

    and doing richness is so much more fun than having to look after richness.

  • MeganK March 29, 2013, 10:48 am

    I love this attitude of” doing” richness rather than having stuff.
    I think that is at the core of my love for DIY actually. Even if I could afford to buy the stuff new, (and often I can’t anyway) it doesn’t appeal as much as the experience of making do and creating things from my own hands. To me the experience is more valuable.

    Linda, I emailed you last week about a new project – don’t know if you got the emails? If you’re not interested, that’s cool. Just thought I’d check you received the invite.
    x
    Megan

  • Jason Dingley April 4, 2013, 1:49 pm

    I so wish we had another word for ‘Rich’ when referred to money. It saddens me when the first assumption made when the word ‘Rich’ is used, is that monetary wealth is what is being discussed. I have made a big effort to repeat to my children that we as a family are rich and why. I have heard the term ‘New Rich’ bandied about, meaning Rich in time and freedom – I hope it catches on.

    Pleased to hear you had a RICH experience, Linda.

  • Jason Dingley April 4, 2013, 1:51 pm

    P.S. I feel rich every time I walking into the house with a basket filled with fresh produce straight from garden.

  • Fiona April 4, 2013, 9:54 pm

    I like to refer to our life as abundant. Although we live far more frugally than most people we know we enjoy abundance in so many areas and in reality have far more than we need. We do not shop or spend time in shopping malls like the majority and because of that we can afford to visit my family in NZ twice a year. We often get asked how we can afford it and people assume we borrow money to do it. Once when I told someone that I saved the money, then transferred my savings to my credit card before buying my tickets, they looked at me like I was from outer space.

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