Wealthy, Posh & Bored…REALLY???

day 3

by Kenneth Justice

~ “My father basically got bored of living in the West Indies so he came back home to Wales” he said

Last night I hung out at a cool little restaurant bar alongside the ocean here in Manuel Antonio where I met a mid-30ish Welsh guy who is here on holiday.

I happened to find an unexpected sum of money in my bank account a couple weeks ago so I decided to come to Costa Rica to visit an American friend of mine who is living here” he told me.

If you’re wondering how someone happens to find ‘an unexpected sum of money’ in their  bank account…so was I, “Well, let me put it this way” he said, “I am posh“….and according to the Welsh dude, “posh” means he is bloody stinking rich. His father was a big shooter for the West Indies Rum and Spirits Producers Association and was given the job of traveling all over the Caribbean (turn’s out that people in the UK refer to what I know as the Caribbean as ‘the West Indies’) and updating their various distributing companies countries such as Barbados, Jamaica, Bahamas, Trinidad, Tobago, and the Cayman Islands, “He was given more than a hundred million U.S. dollars and had carte blanch as to how much and where he would spend the money in updating their facilities” he said

This is the coffee shop where I'm writing this article at

This is the coffee shop where I’m writing this article at

And my bar mate spent most of his teenage years hanging out in the Caribbean with his father…….yet; both he and his father got bored of their life.

For me, a Midwest coffee house bum….I had a difficult time relating to rich people who got bored of living life in the Caribbean…..what is there to get bored of?

I also have a difficult time relating to someone who gets ‘unexpected sums of money” that simply shows up in his bank account from his parents, his trust fund, and other investments that were passed down to him from his family…….I would think that if that was my ‘lot’ in life I would be eternally thankful and grateful…..but I didn’t really get the vibe that this Welsh Dude really comprehended what a great life he’s been given.

A view from just outside Café Milagro

A view from just outside Café Milagro

It’s not that the Welsh guy was rude or mean or anything like that….actually he was very friendly. But until I started talking to him at the bar….he was just sitting alone in silence….and the more my friends and I talked with him….the more we all started to agree that he seemed bored with his life.

Perhaps that is something that money does to you; is it possible that too much money can kill your passion or kill your creative drive?

It was a strange experience hanging out with this Welsh guy for a few hours last night. “One of my best friends is very close with Prince William (that would be the Prince William married to Kate) so you could say I’m a bit connected back home” he said. Was he bragging? Perhaps….but having known a few Brit’s from back home I’m always careful not to accuse them of bragging or being arrogant because sometimes I have a difficult time reading their stoic demeanors.

Ultimately….he seemed really bored of life, “I’ve smoked hash in Morocco…….and I’ve captured Cayman’s (a type of alligator) in Nicaragua”  he said

—) Perhaps there is a disconnect for some people born into money…..is it possible that being born into money leads to the propensity of not really being grateful for what you have?

—) Is it possible that being born into money disconnects you from poverty, joblessness, homelessness….and all the other economic problems that people all over the world are experiencing every day?

another sunset in costa rica

The sun setting on my third night here in Costa Rica

Don’t get me wrong. I’m not trying to bash the rich….and I’m not saying its wrong to go on holiday….not at all. But to find yourself born into a stinking rich family…..yet to be bored with life…..isn’t there something wrong here?

I’m reminded of that saying from Jesus, “It’s easier to get a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to gain the kingdom of heaven“….and there is an even deeper thought than just the spiritual implications of heaven and eternity that Jesus was referring to; perhaps there is simple truth to be found in that saying of Jesus; wealth can lead to emotional, psychological, and spiritual ruin.

Does wealth lead to boredom? I’m not sure…but if this Welsh guy is anything of a model for that idea than the answer would be a very possible ‘yes’. Even he laughed at the irony of his father getting bored of life in the Caribbean and returning to raining cold Wales.

I’m also finding it interesting how much people want to talk and connect with me. Since the first day of my trip I’ve made a point of being very open with the people I talk to that I am on a blogging tour writing about the people I meet…..and yet they are still telling me their stories. Perhaps this is more evidence to support my hypothesis that we are social creatures; we have an innate sense and desire to connect with fellow human beings……….

A ship that was sailing by this evening.....

A ship that was sailing by this evening…..

Could that be why the Welsh guy kept telling me about so much of his life? Because he even though he stinking rich…he still wants to make new friends? Is it possible that no amount of money can ever truly replace the power of being able to connect with a fellow human being?

The coffee here at Café Milagro is incredible….they freshly roast it at their location down the street in Quepos……if you ever have a chance be sure to check them out.

Kenneth

(P.S. If you haven’t heard I’m currently on a national and worldwide tour of 100 coffee houses in 2014 check out my link for the news and stay tuned for dates and locations <link> )



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104 replies

  1. Great post (yawn!). Actually, I’m not bored with the riches you bestow here, although they do make me feel posh. I agreed with the views you expressed. What’s missing? The possibility that people talking to you is a reflection of you and how you affect people. That’s all I would have added. Keep sending back the warmth, the beauty, and the thoughts.

  2. Connection is crucial to our humanity and while I would love to be stinking rich I hope I would realise how important community is to me.

  3. Although poverty can also rob people of community and a social life….I can no longer afford to meet friends for coffee or drinks and am very aware of how much my lack of money is shrinking my world.

    Xx

  4. I agree with the whole boredom theory. I have many rich relatives and it seems most of them are always looking for some sort of adventure. For most of us everyday life and its struggles are enough of a challenge and adventure.

  5. An emotional state sometimes has very little to do with externals. The rich are just as prone to depression and periods of malaise as any human on earth. He probably traveled there because he needed to connect up with a friend. Connections with other people are made easily by some people. The Welsh man is probably not bored he is most likely not meeting people he feels understand him. He may be the other type. Introverts and social anxious people aren’t bored they are awkward. He may come to know he passion only when he happens upon the group of people that make him most understood.

    • “The Welsh man is probably not bored he is most likely not meeting people he feels understand him. He may be the other type. Introverts and social anxious people aren’t bored they are awkward. ”

      Ellen, that’s a great observation and you may very well be right on with it :-)

    • I followed up on the “FOREIGN TO FAMILIAR– A Guide to Understanding Hot and Cold Climate Cultures” book that stacilys mentioned, on Amazon. I haven’t ordered it yet, but I did read the summary of the book. It essentially said that warm climate cultures (like Costa Rica) are more relationship-based, while cold climate cultures (like the British Isles) are more task-based. In essence, this posh Welsh man could be seeking out the relationship-based aspect of a warm climate culture.

      There’s probably more to it than just this, but I speak as an introvert and socially anxious person, and I’ve also observed instances of warm climate people immigrating to cold climates (besides some familiarity with local Latino culture, I also know people in my church, even congregation, with Pacific Islander backgrounds) and how that entails some conflict and changes.

  6. I am in awe by the pictures dude.what views and that accompanied with a coffee. just grand.

    And yes I to think money does create boredom. As it is all of sudden possible to just do whatever you like with out worry. As when you have little money you connect more with what you are doing.enjoying it more for there might not be another time you can do it again. It becomes a treasure.
    great stories great picture and great start of your tour.

  7. Without the struggles you face when you have to work for what you get it can be hard to appreciate what you have. I suppose even paradise can get boring if you stay long enough. I wish we could do an experiment where no one could be born into money and the only way anyone could get any was to actually work for it. I wonder if that would change the way society functions as a whole. I know it’s an impossible hypothesis to prove but I’d bet some of my Jew gold that it would make an improvement in the way people live and interact. Love those pictures!

    • ” I wish we could do an experiment where no one could be born into money and the only way anyone could get any was to actually work for it.”

      it would make for a good movie :D

  8. As usual, thought provoking, thoughtful & challenging.

    I do know some people who are rich & happy but I think their secret is that they see their wealth as a passing gift & as an opportunity to help others by sharing it with those who need it most.

    Agree totally with your observations; once again contentment, or lack thereof, seems to be a key. I always see contentment as a verb; it’s more to do with what you DO with what you have than what you have per se that counts.

    Enjoy your coffee & your travels :)

    • “do know some people who are rich & happy but I think their secret is that they see their wealth as a passing gift & as an opportunity to help others by sharing it with those who need it most. ”

      I totally agree with you….I wish those were the rich people I would meet more often…perhaps they could pass a little bit of their wealth on to me ;)

  9. no pain no gain . . . aquiring the money is where the thrill lies, not spending it . . .

  10. I have a theory about life and perfection that fits well here. What made me realize the pointlessness of perfection was the utter sadness that would follow.

    Say you are perfect. Perfect body, perfect job, perfect income, perfect life. You are perfect to everyone and no matter how hard you try, you cannot come up with one thing that is in need of change. Another way of saying that is that you cannot come up with one thing that needs doing.

    If you define something as perfect, it’s done. There’s nothing more to do or change. So, if our life were to be perfect, there’s be nothing left to do. That’s what I think about with this guy’s story. Determination, ambition and striving towards goals are essential parts of the human race. If you don’t have a place to aim your ambitions at, what do you do with life?

    That isn’t to say that rich people are perfect. It has more to do with how a person views life. If he had all the money in the world, but set a goal to write a book or start his own business, suddenly his life would fill with purpose. His days would be characterized by the actions he took towards those goals.

    • “What made me realize the pointlessness of perfection was the utter sadness that would follow”

      pretty profound thought here TK…did you read that somewhere or just come up with it yourself???

      “If he had all the money in the world, but set a goal to write a book or start his own business, suddenly his life would fill with purpose. His days would be characterized by the actions he took towards those goals”

      this reminds me of that proverb; ‘lack of vision; people perish’

    • I didn’t get that statement from anywhere. Is it profound? Maybe I should add it to my incredibly self-centered TK-says page…

      I like that proverb and it’s very true. There’s no way I would be where I am today without ambition. What do you do without goals and things to strive for?

    • TK,

      Yes! Add it to your ‘TK says page’…..actually i read that page of yours a few days ago and i cracked up…i loved it. I especially like the one that had something to do with your secret plan to rule the world…i swear you pulled that from a comment you made to me…it was really good :D

    • It has been done!

      And yes, that comment was in response to you. ^_^

  11. Some really great comments today. I have known both the born into wealthy and the created their own wealth wealthy, though no one who was specifically posh. In the cases I know…want of money was not an issue. But, I found the attitude about them was more an exterior one of others assuming what life was like for them. In some cases they had to work harder to obtain credibility as people assumed things came easily to them because of the money.

    To me, as an insider, life was normal…not unlike you or me. They were not more or less inclined to be sympathetic of others because of the money. They certainly weren’t bored with it all. But in each case, the parents urged them to find things they were passionate about. In doing so, I think they helped their children by nurturing creativity. Though they might not choose the same “world problems” to address as you or even I would, each, in their own way, wanted to make the world a better place.

    • I think you hit the nail on the head, Mrs. P. What may be behind a lot of the “poor little rich kid” stuff is the desire for there to be *something* bad about their lives.

    • “They certainly weren’t bored with it all. But in each case, the parents urged them to find things they were passionate about. In doing so, I think they helped their children by nurturing creativity”

      this is totally the Key; whether we are poor, rich, middle class or whatever….if we don’t have a passion towards something life can feel dull and disorderly. but when we find that passion it stirs something up in our hearts that leads to a certain kind of zest for life.

  12. In fact the company of yours seems to be full of fun and frolic. I am sorry to learn that there was something boring; hope you to try few spiritual methods, like mysticism, to get out of such state of mind.

  13. “Rich’s people Goal= Money. If your Posh guy would switch places with me one week would appreciate his life, his bank account and his dad, plus I would live a dream (Pura Vida) for once…lol think of money as a Idea for happy and healthy future.

    that would be nice to see; for him to realize what life is really like for others.

    • “If your Posh guy would switch places with me one week would appreciate his life, his bank account and his dad, plus I would live a dream (Pura Vida) for once…”

      wouldn’t that be nice! for him to experience what life is like on the other side of the block….I’ve often thought that this is the problem with rich politicians; they need to experience what life is like for the rest of us.

    • Sorry, kind of messy, lol that’s what I get replying in my phone.. Corrector, connection, distraction… Busy day, not boring. Adding: Money can buy anything but Happiness!
      Have a relaxing day!

  14. Everyone knows that you don’t need money “to connect with a fellow human being.” There’s also a difference between monetary wealth and other kinds of wealth. Good health and wisdom is wealth beyond compare!

  15. Was talking with a friend of mine a few weeks ago (in Myanmar over Christmas) about how money/wealth/comfort of life in the west can make people emotionally numb. You said it well “Perhaps that is something that money does to you; is it possible that too much money can kill your passion or kill your creative drive?” I think so… Money sets you up in 5-star resorts when traveling, keeping you from the real culture & life of the place you are visiting…sure it is comfortable and great, but lacks real emotions in my opinion.

    It does not take too much money to live well…but you need to have the emotional drive to pursue life.

    • “Money sets you up in 5-star resorts when traveling, keeping you from the real culture & life of the place you are visiting…”

      SO TRUE! Many years ago i spent a good amount of time in Europe and the first couple weeks stayed in 5star resorts throughout the UK…by the time it was getting to the end of the trip all i wanted was something simple so switched to much more humble accommodations; and i loved every minute of it.

    • This seems especially so with travel, and while I like ‘living high’ now and then, but like you said, the most fun and exhilarating times were when I was roughing it and having an adventure.

  16. I don’t think we can understand being “rich” in the same way those born into wealth understand it, even if we become wealthy. I don’t think rich people can understand being average, even if they lose everything. If you’re born into something, that’s all you know. It’s like explaining water to a fish. Glad you’re having fun and the view from your table looks so very beautiful.

    • “I don’t think we can understand being “rich” in the same way those born into wealth understand it, even if we become wealthy”

      I’m totally with you on that….and that is why I tried to be careful not ‘condemn’ him for being rich…..

  17. “I’m also finding it interesting how much people want to talk and connect with me.” (BTW I want to listen to you – and I am not a stalker or a pervert). Who could resist?

    If you need any tips on the “class system” that supposedly no longer exists over here – feel free to ask. :-)

    • paul,

      who could resist? Well, I figured that when people on this trip found out that I’m blogging about the conversations they would instantly ‘clam up’….because back home I don’t generally tell people that sit down with me that I might use some of the context of the conversation in an article…..but it turns out that when I tell people I’m blogging about these conversations; THEY OPEN UP EVEN MORE…and…QUICKER! lol…go figure…..I think it is somehow connected to that old idiom that everyone wants their ‘5 minutes of fame’ and they think its cool that an article is being written about them.

    • Think it goes deeper. We are hard wired for relationship maybe? Offered the chance we take it. Even rich people. :-)

    • Paul…yup; 100% agree with ya

  18. strange bedfellows comes to mind – check with him in seven years… he’ll hopefully figure out by then that he’s insane. What positive thing might he possibly do with time and money? Probably that isn’t on his agenda though… seems he isn’t even really alive Ken. He’s too busy being bored. WOW
    ~ Eric

  19. What a great post. Indeed rich people that are born rich may not give value to life and struggle because they don’t need to worry about that.

  20. I think it’s innate to always want what we don’t have. This guy sounds like someone who is currently craving a more simple life after all that extravagance (though he doesn’t realize it at the moment – he just knows that he’s not as happy as he could be; he’s never had to live life on the other side so it’s hard to be “appreciative” of what he has because he knows no different). We can’t connect to that because we haven’t had his “problems,” just like he can’t relate to us because he hasn’t had ours. I would like to think I couldn’t get “bored” with such a posh life but I don’t know…I think it’s possible to do just that. I mean, I probably would get a little bored and feeling badly about myself if I never had to work. I just have a sense of needing to earn my way and if I just had all this money thrown at me, after a while I’d feel like I need to be more productive with my life and not just lounge around all the darn time. On the other hand, if I had that kind of money, yes, I’d travel, but I’d probably also use it as the perfect excuse to do more volunteering, etc., because I wouldn’t miss out on that due to lack of funds. Overall, it would simply make life more fulfilling, but that’s just me. P.s. – is that guy cute and single? LOL :) I’d be happy to help him spend his money lol j/k.

    • “On the other hand, if I had that kind of money, yes, I’d travel, but I’d probably also use it as the perfect excuse to do more volunteering, etc., because I wouldn’t miss out on that due to lack of funds”

      exactly Jen, that’s why I tried not to come of as too condescending of the guy in the article because if I were in his shoes; I would be doing exactly what he is doing…traveling around the world and seeing every sight imaginable…..

      “P.s. – is that guy cute and single? LOL :) I’d be happy to help him spend his money lol j/k”

      hmmmm, am I ‘allowed’ to comment on whether a guy is cute or not? Aren’t I supposed to say ‘all guys look the same to me’ ;) lol but in answer to your question; 1) yes he was, 2) and he said he’s been dating a girl for a month and when I asked him whether or not they were ‘serious’ or whether it was long enough to where he no longer was allowed to keep his options open if he met someone else he responded, “Well, now that is an interesting question”

    • LOL sure you’re allowed to comment on that Kenneth – it just means you’re comfortable in your own skin. Geez. I guess I better hurry it up and get my rear end to Costa Rica then so I can meet a Welsh guy LOL something not quite right about that hmmm. Oh by the way – you didn’t have to answer, I was just kidding geez :P Guys and dating are the last thing I need right now as I’m on my own quest and guys and dating would just muck it up. Go figure. :)

  21. It is not always greener on the other side. Happiness and money don’t necessary go in tandem.

  22. Interesting. It is interesting sometimes looking at the differences between the rich and the poor members of society.

    Hell, there’s even a large difference between the dirt poor and the middle class. I know people of middle class standing who can’t fathom how a family can get by with less than six thousand dollars a year, how you can live without doing things that many other people consider to be normal because you don’t have exposure to these things or the means to experience it. For the rich, I don’t think there’s crime in being bored. If you can get bored doing the same thing day in and day out, imagine someone else doing the same thing day in and day out.

    Sometimes it’s hard to find something to do when you have everything you think you want. I had a friend, a middle class friend, who gets tired of traveling sometimes, is offered all expense paid trips to places for barely any work, and he gets bored with it. I can’t fathom that, but it’s because I’ve never experienced that while he’s always
    experienced it.

    • “how you can live without doing things that many other people consider to be normal because you don’t have exposure to these things or the means to experience ”

      ‘interesting’ is totally the word for it…..I don’t really have a lot of opinions about the article I wrote because for the most part, the conversation I had with the guy left me with more thoughts and questions than it did answers.

  23. Kenneth, great article and great comments as well.

    “Money is the root of all evil” comes to mind, but in a sense, that when one is given everything in life, what is there to strive for? Also, so many of the wealthy have an attitude, that they somehow are better then everyone else. Looking down the nose syndrome. The isolation policy that if you don’t rate in as “one of us” you are not welcome. That makes for a very lonely life.

    I have seen in my own life, one who strives to make money, and when that goal is obtained, or not, it is never enough. Always more is wanted and what that person does have, is not enjoyed ever. There is no satisfaction in money. Unless one walks a Higher Way, and knows humility and is able to share wealth with those who truly need it, only then, can one appreciate what one has.

    Just some of my thoughts. Great job on this article, and great photos.

    • ‘Also, so many of the wealthy have an attitude, that they somehow are better then everyone else. Looking down the nose syndrome. The isolation policy that if you don’t rate in as “one of us” you are not welcome. That makes for a very lonely life.’

      agreed, that’s why its always nice to meet a wealthy person who isn’t like that….but I can only count on one hand the rich people I met who seemed really humble.

  24. I’m with you on the inability to commiserate issue. I know a lady who is very well off, and she’s worked hard for every penny. I don’t begrudge her this at all. But when she complains about not knowing where to park her boat – Florida somewhere or in Charleston – I find I’m not sure what to say. Is it rude to discuss inherently “rich people problems” with those of us who are muddling along? I don’t know. It is awkward, though; that’s for sure and certain. I want to respond with something about the cost of childcare for two children, but I don’t. I usually just nod and make non-committal comments.
    BTW, that guy whose friend knows William – HE isn’t well connected because of that one fact. His friend is.

    • ” It is awkward, though; that’s for sure and certain”

      ‘awkward’ is exactly the word for it.

      “BTW, that guy whose friend knows William – HE isn’t well connected because of that one fact. His friend is. ”

      its funny you say this because he said to me twice throughout the nice, “I’m connected’ because of the whole prince William thing and I thought the same thing as you; ‘uh…no it sounds like your FRIEND is connected’ lol…but I didn’t say anything to him :D

  25. LOVE the ship sailing by, with its mechanical sails … Your post went into my Spambox because, presumably, its title begins with the word ‘wealthy’! :-)
    As for the actual post itself … have no idea how you must respond to people like the Welshman: I’m pretty sure my eyes would glaze over.

    • “Your post went into my Spambox because, presumably, its title begins with the word ‘wealthy’”

      perhaps that is an interesting metaphor for how much the ‘rich and wealthy’ can be annoying; we send them straight to spam? ;)

    • Your Welshman sure is, with his thoughtless acceptance of moolah. Not his fault, I s’pose, as he was bred into it. No-one ever ‘spammed’ him like a paper ‘plane! [grin]

  26. finally found you. i used to be THAT FOOD THING and deleted and started a new blog, but then i couldn’t find all my old favourite blogs anymore and here you are!. on this topic, i used ot work with a girl that was a trustfund baby. I remember once when i just bought my car (second one so far) and only a few months later the central locking button kinda broke andi was worried about having something like this fixed, though it was something simple. so when i was telling her about my worries, she commented that that is always the problem with purchasing second hand cars, something is bound to break sooner rather than later. I didn’t know how to respond to a girl that in fact got her first car gifted from her father because she graduated and she’s such a scrooge with her money, she refuses to buy another one.
    People with money are not necessarily rude or arrogant or the type to brag, but they are some how different and disconnected like you said. It’s like they dont know how to really bond with people that are not like them and they are totally unaware of how IGNORANT they are

    • good luck on the new blog :D

      “People with money are not necessarily rude or arrogant or the type to brag, but they are some how different and disconnected like you said. It’s like they dont know how to really bond with people that are not like them and they are totally unaware of how IGNORANT they are”

      yes exactly, I don’t want to condemn people for merely being rich…but at the same time i was trying to point out some kind of vibe or feeling i got from the dude.

    • Yep, they give off that vibe but it doesn’t mean it’s them. this particular girl i know comes across as arrgonat, self centred and al the bad words you cant think of, but if you really know her, she’s quiet, dependent on validation of love, insecure and doesn’t know who she is.

  27. Wow, such a stark contrast to the first lady you spoke to. If I had money like that, I would help her. Great post!

  28. Makes me think of Solomon and the book of Ecclesiastes.

  29. If any wealthy person you meet is bored, tell them they can pass their money on to me – I could think of dozens (if not hundreds) of charities who could use it.

    I worked for a very wealthy family in the UK and I found it amazing how the mother wasted her time, drinking, playing cards & backgammon with the staff (esp. me) and the riotous weekend house parties. I certainly didn’t envy her life. She just didn’t know what to do and couldn’t spend a moment on her own (without outside entertainment).

  30. There are still a few things money can’t buy. Sincerity is one of them. Perhaps he found your sincere interest in what he had to say appealing (and quite possibly a rarity). An excess of money does come with its own problems, many of which us the “common” man may never be able to comprehend.

    I look forward to reading about the people you meet on your next stop. :)

  31. For people with no financial worry, they can do almost anything they want to. With so much choice, how are they supposed to decide what they should do? It’s a lot easier to find direction when you have no other choice.

    • “With so much choice, how are they supposed to decide what they should do”

      Jason…that’s a really good point….I’ve actually read a number of essays about what your pointing out related to ‘too much choice’

  32. I have nominated you for a Sunshine Award for the beauty you bring to blogging. You may accept the award at “Little Wing” . If you don’t have time to accept the award, I understand completely. But I wanted to let you know you are appreciated. Have a great day!

  33. Riches have a tendency to separate people from their true purpose – their BEingness – in life so they become bored (like a child with nothing to do!). If a person has money and BEingness they are classified as WEALTHY. It is a lot harder to be wealthy than to be rich but a lot more satisfying, because you can really make a difference to the world and achieve your true purpose in life – which is the help to build a divine civilisation.

  34. love the topic of this post – so well said Mr. Monk!! and a special thanks to you for adding the beautiful pictures – and I was actually going to suggest that you possibly include a photo of the coffee shops – (when possible) – and then voila! it was right here.

    Oh and that boat photo was so cool – with the four sails – – then the pink/purple sunset – felt like I was there for a quick minute…. which is the power of pictures and blogs I guess….we get to kinda travel with ya in a way.

    oh, and the photo of the view form the cafe – LOVE the way you captured the foreground border of the flowers and trees – and then allow us to look out to the water with you – with that nice frame to the ocean – really nice photograph! Can I post that photo on the tuesday art blog?
    ~cheers

    • yea, your free to post any of my photos :-)

      I’ve taken more than 2000 but its just such a chore to load them all on my computer, edit them for the Net…and what not…..I really need an assistant one day!!!

  35. It’s all a bout purpose; if you don’t have a purpose or reason, you are just going through the motions in life and nothing will FILL you. BTW, i reposted some of your pics to my twit acct. they are a bit blurry and tiny, so bigger and clearer please.

  36. When I read this post, I return to my personal conviction, personal responsibility. There might be statistics to prove either or. But I am convinced. Infependent of what class it is up to you to whatever you make of life.

    It is comforting to be able to blame your

  37. (opps wasn’t really finished) conditios of your life. Not saying that it is not harder for some. But still possible.

  38. I coldn’t read each and every comment after reading your blog Kevin but my first gut reaction was that perhaps this guy was into telling tall tales to get an audience and have those he first meets feel what has been expressed about wealth and boredom with it.
    Personally, I was going to say that 1 Tim6:10 refers to the “Love” of money being the downfall…”stabbing one all over with many pains” but this Welsh guy obviously doesn’t love money – as many have commented, He’s bored. He lacks appreciation. He needs attention. All comments indicate the ‘wow’ factor in regards to his attitude. Could it be he is trapped in his own self loathing, hidden by his outward apathy?

    At least it provoked an interesting commentary. Oh, I forgot to ask you-If you see him again ask him if he knows what it means to be philanthropic. Maybe that would ease his boredom and give him something to do with the dollars in his bank account.

    • I didn’t get the vibe that he was making things up…..I’ve been to Wales, and I’ve traveled quite a bit in my life so I think I would of picked up on things if he was telling me a yarn (as they say) :-)

    • You’re the only one who could read that and sounds as tho you read it accurately from what you told me about all of your travels. I love the word ‘yarn’.

  39. Good post. We also pronounce ‘Caribbean’ in a completely different way!

  40. Hi Kenneth! Good luck on your tour. I hope you come to my neck of the woods eventually :-) By the way, I’m from Trinidad and Tobago, which is part of the West Indies. And yes, that’s what we call ourselves. Along with the Caribbean. British people were here for a long time, so they’ll always refer to us as the WI. Just a note–my country is referred to as one at all times. It’s Trinidad AND Tobago. Or Trinbago, for the natives who want to be politically correct. Two islands, one nation. I say this because that executive would not have been in Tobago. He would have been in T&T, and physically in Trinidad, because rum is not manufactured on our tiny sister island of Tobago. No doubt, his son mentioned Trinidad and Tobago and you mentally separated them, but he really meant one place.

  41. Thanks for the vicarious journey to the other side to view the wealth dilemma, leisurely life and the scenic views. Really loved the pictures! You are on a journey I’m sure many would love to have. Thanks for sharing it.

  42. Financial illiteracy is an expensive byproduct of not knowing the worth of a dollar. Even someone with a portfolio consisting of junk bonds worth $100M, can lack an understanding for the worth of a dollar, as much as someone that spends their tax refund on the latest sneaker addiction. This gentleman doesn’t seem to be someone that has worked for a living and therefore the feelings that come with earning, well, they escape him. I’ve assisted various income levels and there’s one thing I can tell you without hesitation–tax bracket status does not equate to greater happiness.

  43. Oh man, I’m glad Molly put me onto your site… Honestly, I wasn’t sure I’d stick around after the FAQs page – not that it was bad, just that I mistakenly thought the blog would have a lot to do with Christianity / religion – but this was a great read.

    I’ve worked with more than my fair share of people like that Welsh chap and all I’ll say is that their privileges definitely give them a distorted view of the world. But like you said, maybe they’ll never be able to grasp real happiness as a result… (or at least, that’s what I think you were trying to say). Carry on.

  44. Well, at some point you realize that money is nothing more then a useless possession.
    I almost died a year ago, and it opened my eyes to many things like money.
    You view that world differently, when you have a lot of money too.
    I can’t work because I’m too week right now.. 100 millions O_o’ okay…
    I just need 1 million and i would be set for a life time, buy a house somewhere very peaceful and make it self sufficient house with solar panels and wind turbine and a water well and a thermal cooling system and tones of batteries for a energy storage and grow my own food.

    LOL the Moroccan hash part.. having tones of money like that i would buy pounds of that stuff..

  45. Reblogged this on Homeless Jesus – Tales of a Tenderhearted Kid and commented:
    “Is it possible that no amount of money can ever truly replace the power of being able to connect with a fellow human being?”

  46. I find it difficult to pity rich brats like the one you described here because if they’re really that bored with their lives, there’s nothing stopping them from doing something truly exciting — like working regularly in soup kitchens, giving their money to charities that aid the poor, paying their fair share in taxes, putting their bodies on the front lines of battling poverty, and so on. Hell, that brat could do the unthinkable and renounce his wealth, get a job flipping burgers, and try to survive solely on that income for at least a year so he learns to appreciate what he has.

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