I spoke to my wife, “When I was young, I went to school, learned what I could, and played sports. Now as a man, I have worked long hours, earned money, and spent what I earned dreaming about becoming a wealthy man.”
Gayle exclaimed, “We live in the United States of America! People travel from all over the Earth and say the USA is a land of opportunity like to no other.”
“Yet,” I mused, “After half a lifetime of work, I have an empty wallet and cannot share a hundred dollars with you! Why can’t we acquire more than basic food, clothing, and shelter?”
“You provide for our family!” Gayle said encouragingly.
“But,” I continued, “I consider our children. Will they follow their father’s example? Will their families and their children’s families live in the land of opportunity, barely making it month to month?”
Gayle was puzzled. “Chris, in all our years of marriage, you've never spoken like this.”
“Gayle, I have never thought like this in all our years together. From early in the morning until late at night, I have worked hard with the hope that some day we would become wealthy. That is why my heart is sad. I wish to be a man of means. I wish to own land and a fine home for our family, to have a comfortable lifestyle, a fat wallet, and money to spend freely. I am willing to work with all my heart, soul, mind, and strength...but, I want a reward for my hard work." In frustration I cried, "Why can’t we have the good things in life?”
“I wish I knew!” Gayle replied. “We’re both unsatisfied. Earnings go so quickly. I plan and work so our family won’t be hungry. My heart has a deep longing to travel and have the good things in life.”
“You should have what you desire!” I exclaimed. Gazing out the window, I whispered, “How can we do this? We work so hard just to make ends meet every month. I wish this didn’t go on and on, year after year, working and working and working, yet getting nowhere!”
With thoughtful words of inspiration, Gayle whispered, “Maybe there’s a secret.”
Chris Bryant is an American financial advisor.