Share The Wealth?

We must understand the word, wealth. The dictionary defines the word, wealth, as the state of having plenty of money or possessions. Ok, what does plenty mean? An adequate or more than adequate amount. Would you say that you are wealthy? Probably not. Would you say that you have an adequate amount to get by on? Probably so.

What does share mean? The Encarta dictionary says as a verb it means: to use something along with others, let somebody use something, take responsibility together or to divide something equally between people. As a noun it means a reasonable or appropriate portion.

Share the wealth. What does this phrase mean to you? Does it conjure up visions of free money given away by a faceless person with government written across their forehead? Do you see a modern day Robin Hood, taking from the rich and giving to the poor?

To see the real person behind the words, look in the mirror.

In the broadest sense, we share our wealth daily. Every time you buy American made goods, you support the infrastructure that is America. You share your wealth with the workers that made the goods, the distributer, the marketer and the store that sold them. When you pay your city and county taxes, that money goes into the community fund that builds roads, pays the elected officials, and supports your city. We share our wealth in the form of taxes that pay financial aid to millions of underprivileged Americans and non-citizens. In truth, there are hundreds of ways we “share the wealth”.

On a more personal scale, we share the wealth with our family. Every day, millions of Americans crawl out of bed, get dressed and go to work. Many of them don’t enjoy this ritual, but they do it anyway. They know they must. It is their right and responsibility to share the wealth that they work for with their family, who in turn shares with the rest of the world.

What if those same people woke up this morning and suddenly said, “It’s my money, I worked hard for it and I’m not going to share it any more”? In a very short time, the whole infrastructure would begin to break down. Little Johnny wouldn’t be able to eat lunch because he didn’t get any lunch money. The school cafeteria would close because it didn’t get the funds to pay for the lunches. The suppliers would stop delivering and the farmers would stop growing crops and so on.

The point I’m trying to make is that sharing the wealth is a personal choice; a personal choice that can affect many people. Each of us has a modicum of wealth to share. It’s not important if you are rich or poor. What’s important is how you share. Call it your personal responsibility.

The holiday season is rapidly approaching. This year, with the uncertain economy and high percentage of unemployment, will leave countless families facing financial challenges. There will be many chances to make a difference in someone else’s life.

How will you let someone use a part of your adequate amount so that others can have a reasonable or appropriate portion?

You can keep your money close to home. Maybe you have a relative or good friend that is struggling. How can you best help them and not overextend yourself? You can share a homemade meal or a sack of groceries. You could offer a ride or fill a gas tank. You could winterize a home or pay a utility bill.

You can share the wealth with your community. Most towns have programs that help their less fortunate citizens. Many churches have donation centers for non-perishable food and warm clothing.

The next time you look in the mirror, realize that you are the person who can share the wealth. You have a choice. Don’t leave it up to a nameless government entity.

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5 Responses to Share The Wealth?

  1. I wondered about the title of the article but when I read it what you are saying is fine.
    However since it seems to take the same phrase that Mr. Obama used with Joe the Plumber, meaning that the GOVERNMENT was going to take some of his success and THEY would decide to whom it was given.
    That kind of sharing is communism. Governments are very poor at sharing money well.
    Individuals who choose to share money with those less fortunate are what is needed, including the Vice-President-elect Mr. Biden who with his thousands of dollars, did not even give $2000 to charity last year. I certainly think that one who doesn’t donate himself or herself is certainly not qualitifed to decide to take wealth from others and redistribute it.
    Sharing is great. Research shows in general that more conservative, church-going people with lower incomes often share the most with others.

  2. I’m self-employed and my income has been halved in the past 2 months. I love giving to charity, but it’s been super-hard to part with any cash these days. My solution is to get freebies through the coupon system at CVS and bring them to homes for the elderly or refugee shelters here in the city – places that are delighted to get donations of shampoo, toothpaste, shower gel, lotion, etc.

  3. Cindy M says:

    When I learned to tune out what the mainstream media continually blasts at us day and night and got more “spiritual” (for lack of a better word to get my general point across) is when I grew up and realized that I’m a very fortunate individual who WILL account for my time on this earth eventually and that it most certainly DOES matter what I think and do in this life on a day-to-day basis. More people should have this awakening. Turn off the idiot boxes once in awhile and get real. Get with a group of likeminded people of all ages and both sexes who meet regularly and share your desire to help somebody who truly needs your help, your own community is full of people needing help. I’d tell anybody it can be a life changer and you will be rich for having opened your mind and heart.

  4. Fay U. says:

    Sharing and giving should be directed by individuals who are willing to share and give, and not mandated by government. Naturally someone “forced” to share his wealth with unknown or undeserving parties will resent having to do so.
    How many times do we see people we know or come in contact with that are less fortunate than ourselves, and to give to those we know are hurting, really blesses the receiver of the gift, as well as the giver, and often blesses the giver more.
    If the government were to mandate sharing the wealth, I imagine those who need it most would not receive it, because those who are really in need do not advertise their need. There is some really good advice in these comments on giving, and particularly on giving close to home, where we can best show our love for our neighbor in need, and our gifts will be spread the best.

  5. Angela says:

    A simple yet effective way that I have found to “share the wealth” is to have joined an internet group called Here people can give away items that they no longer need, or request items that they do need. And everything is free, completely non-profit. I’m not sure how many areas this particular program is available in but I’m sure there are others as well if this isn’t available in your area.

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