Sunday, July 18, 2010

Cup of Wealth


You May Already Be a Winner!

“Ordinary riches can be stolen,

real riches cannot.

In your soul are infinitely precious things

that cannot be taken from you.”

Oscar Wilde

“Wealth is the ability to fully experience life.”

Henry David Thoreau

“I'd like to live as a poor man with lots of money.”

Pablo Picasso


In the Hawaiian language,

Wai means fresh water,

and water is recognized as a blessing

at the root of all life.

The word for Wealth

is water twice, water squared.

Wai Wai,

and a rich man

is a Kanaka Wai Wai.

But what is true wealth?

Who are the wealthy?

Yes, health is wealth,

they are only one letter apart!

But what is the root of wealth?

I see a clue in the nature of water:

that it must flow to be fully itself.

When confined, water gets musty

losing it's sparkle.

Living a consciousness of lack

I always despaired of ever having enough "water" in my possession.

I longed for a water-windfall of my own, just for me.

But I know now: that was cup-thinking.

And the cup always seemed half empty.

Now I know

that it is the flow

not the amount.

You cannot hold an ocean in a cup.

Wai Wai!

Go! Go!

Saved wealth is stagnant,

But when we flow among others,

spreading our nurturing moisture & joy about us,

we are then wealthy in the way that matters!

And we will never run dry again. . .


Couture Carrie said...

Love these quotes and pics, darling C, especially the Oscar Wilde!


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Charles Gramlich said...

It's the flow, not the amount. I like that. Very well said.

Marguerite said...

Go with the flow! Very nice and true quotes! Aloha, cher!

Rosaria Williams said...

Wow! Wai wai to you! And may it be flowing forever.
This post is profound!

Teresa said...

Love your comments about the flow. An elderly Chinese friend used to say that wealth is not measured by how much you store up but by how much passes through your hands to benefit others.

who said...

I really like the message in your post today and the good words flowing in pairs seeing in twos.

Like the two of yous

and the two of whos

life you are enriching with wealth and health

Aloha to you Cloudia

Anonymous said...

Cloudia, your photography is improving! Centered better. Way to go!!!

Hilary said...

Beautiful sentiments, Cloudia. Why am I not surprised? Love that first photo.. the colours are all turquoise and brown.

Fireblossom said...

You little water spirit, you! ;-)

Anonymous said...

This was able to return hope, that it might be worth, to wait a bit more until others will learn this. Thank you.

daily athens

Jim said...

Superb shots.
Sydney - City and Suburbs

magiceye said...

thank you for the beautiful images and thoughts

namaste /\ from mumbai

bichonpawz said...

Beautiful pictures and quotes true Cloudia!! Aloha to you!!
Jeanne of bermudabluez

Kay said...

Have a happy week, Cloudia!!!

Akelamalu said...

Grea quotes today Cloudia. :)

Brian Miller said...

i like the analogy of wealth and water...when water sits it becomes stagnant as well...

aloha from VA!

Bubblewench said...

Love this post!! Aloha!

Pete said...

Very inspiring words, I love this post!

DeniseinVA said...

So wise and words to live by. I can always be assured of a grand post when I visit here.
An English Girl Rambles

Maude Lynn said...

I love this!

moneythoughts said...

I like what Picasso wrote. I once saw a film of Picasso drawing in his home/studio stand with only a pair of white shorts and no shirt. He was old, and I said to myself, if I live that long, I would like to be in a pair of shorts without a shirt painting in my home. Picasso knew how to live, and he gave the world something to look at for a 1,000 years and more.

David Cranmer said...


Sumandebray said...

Deep rooted Philoshopy in simple language!I guess the catch is to let it flow judiciously...
By the way what does "Ha" mean in the name Hawai

Dianne said...

wonderful sunset shot!!
and great quotes

nonizamboni said...

Perfection in such a simple idea:
'it is the flow
not the amount'
Thanks for the reminder!!

Full-On-Forward said...

I bow down!

Good on ya girl-- I loved the quotes-today esp. for some reason. Cool!


Nancy said...

So very true, Cloudia. I agree with your thoughts on money - let it flow to work.

Beautiful singing!

Cloudia said...

Thank you!

Friends are the True Wealth, you know...

Cloudia said...

To Hawaiians the "Ha" is the breath of life in us each that we share when we share our Alo-ha.

But as for the name, "Hawaii"
it is an old Polynesian word/name that is mysterious, ancient, and of no generally accepted translation...

Betty Manousos said...

I found your site from Wenn-Experiences and I just loved your blog!
I've been to Waikiki long ago, and you just pulled on my best memories!
Thank you! :)
What great islands..I had such a wonderful time there.
Following you, hope you can drop by.

Betty :)

Betty Manousos said...

Such an inspirational post too!
Great thoughts!

Anonymous said...

Lovely quotes and photos, wonderful writing by you, and a song to top it off -- no wonder you made Hilary's list this week! I'm glad I stopped by. ~KC

Joanna Jenkins said...

Very inspiring indeed,and beautifully said.

Congrats on your POTW mention from Hilary.

Cheers, jj