Years ago, I was going through a bit of a rough patch, so I started reading ‘The Secret’ by Rhonda Byrne. Part of the healing process was to make a vision board. On the board you can put a picture of anything that you want in your life, whether it be a new house or a holiday, cash, a car or a caravan. Then every day you look at that board and imagine yourself having or receiving that item or whatever you wish for, but at the same time being thankful for what you already have.
On my board was a book, as I wanted to be an author. I have now nearly written two books, although not at the completion stage, but I am getting there. I put other things, like holidays, friends, and money, but most importantly I wanted a car, a SUV. I focused so hard on that car, day after day, for months on end and guess what? We ended up with a SUV. A lovely looking car, I might add, but I had a bit of an accident in it which meant a recoated alloy wheel, then we nearly had a huge accident on the motorway in it, so it doesn’t particularly bring me joy. It sits on the drive looking all lovely and shiny, exuding wealth and good fortune, but this got me thinking, why is a car such a status symbol? We all do it, we make assumptions about people’s wealth, purely based on what sort of car they have or how nice their house is. I have known people with both, who have been bankrupt, so is this really a true indication of wealth? Let’s face it we all know someone who has the top of the range car and a big house but both are mortgaged and loaned up to the hilt. But on the other hand, I have known people who have considerable wealth but drive around in an old style Volkswagon Polo.
So, are material things a true indication of someone’s wealth? I think not.