Thursday, August 25, 2005
I'm Not Rich
My secretary said to me as I walked through the door this morning, "you really hurted me." This perplexed me and I was thinking, what did I do to her? So I asked, "Did I do something to you?" She said, "Yes and I am so hurt." So I asked her to follow me to me office so that we could talk. She then informed me that she was offended when I showed her my new SUV and told her not to say anything. Actually I was sneaking in and out to my SUV because I didn't want to be seen. People don't understand that I work everyday plus have a business and that my husband works also. They assume that I am rich-assume is the keyword in this statement. Why did I not want others to know I was driving something new is this-as an author and business owner-some assume that by purchasing my work they are making me rich. This is not true-most of the authors that I know still have their day jobs or work part time. It is one of "the" occupations that is the most uncertain as far as having "for sure money". Only a few get to quit their job to write full time. Why did I tell my secretary not to say anything? Because I get tired of the insinuations about my life. I pay bills just like everyone else. Have I been blessed? Yes! Am I ashamed of Gods' blessings no I am not. Unfortunately, I have chosen to be quiet-less noticeable. Am I wrong? Probably. This is the part that she said-"I hate that you can't show the advantages of having an education and being successful, how can others know that with hard work you can have nice things if you have to sneak around and be silent?" She further stated, "it makes me wonder when I get older and I complete my education, what do I have to look forward to? She further said, "If I can't be happy and show the fruits of my blessings, why work hard, if I have to sneak around and hide my things?" Now to be truthful, I didn't know what to say. I know this I am not the only one who does this..I know at least ten professionals who sneak under the radar because when people know that they are the owners of thriving businesses they don't get the support. I ask this, what is wrong with us when we won't support our brothers and sisters? When we let go of that crab mentality, you know when one of us crawl out of the bucket, someone grabs our legs and pull us back in, oh the places we can go. Don't people know that the more of us that becomes successful the more we can grow our communities by hiring others. Let go of that crab mentality and let's climb together and make our communities grow. No I am not rich...But I'm rich in blessings, good health and love for my fellowman. Now I have to figure this out....What can I say to my secretary so that she will not be discouraged?