I don’t usually think of myself as affluent.
I’m learning, though, that wealth is a relative notion, and by rest-of-the-world standards I live in overwhelming abundance. A huge majority of the world’s population would consider it a wonderful upgrade to live in my garage.
I don’t know exactly what to do with that knowledge. I’m grateful. I hope I’m a reasonable steward of the gifts with which I’m blessed. I’m pretty sure I can do better.
If nothing else, events of the last couple of years have powerfully impressed one fact upon me. Evidence shines a bright light on an undeniable and rapidly expanding gap between exploding wealth of a small portion of humanity and escalating economic plight of the majority.
Not making a value judgement, but this awareness causes me to ask a personal question:
And once I reach “enough,” do I simply keep accumulating? Do I kick back and enjoy? However I define enough, what do I do when I get beyond it?
I don’t have answers, but they’re important questions.
And this seems like an especially good time to ask.