I have two very well-to-do friends. One is just plain rich. Rich like not having a job rich. Rich like this conversation she had with my cousin:
Cousin: "My money is really funny this month."
Rich Girlfriend: "Money funny? What does that mean?"
C: (Astounded Look): "You don't know what 'My money is funny' means?"
RG: "No, I'm sorry. Honestly, I don't."
C: "It means I have to juggle a little this month in the finance department."
RG: Blank stare.
C: "It means robbing Peter to pay Paul."
RG: Still a blank stare.
C: "You know --- like to trying to figure out if you have enough to pay the light bill or the water bill."
RG: "Now that's funny."
Let me add that while this exchange may sound as though my friend is a snob, she is not. In fact, I've never met a more generous woman in my life. Not only does she give away enormous amounts of her money, she spends countless hours donating her time and resources to local, national and international organizations.
This conversation was a glimpse of a life I can only imagine. My friend was simply befuddled and responded in a way that was not offensive, but instead, true (at least for her). It made us pause and consider how we have lived, and how we are living now. This exchange lead to a fruitful discussion about philanthropy, finances and investing --- an informational chat which may have never happened, had we not been open to the possibility of working through that conversation. A door was opened --- "A Dialog Door".
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