Written By: Laurie DeDecker, RN, MHIA
Prosperity can be defined in more than one way. It seems like many today might define the word in terms of financial wealth, but to really examine the meaning of true prosperity one must look beyond money. Digging deeper into descriptions of the word, one finds terms such as flourishing, and thriving, which seems more appropriate to the core meaning of the concept.
Many people today have become very focused on financial success and monetary gain as a driving force or life purpose. If the quest for money becomes too overarching it can become an obsession, more like a type of hoarding. This societal focus on monetary gain has led to a host of issues like long work days and high levels of stress, that essentially take people further away from thriving and flourishing, often leaving them exhausted, empty and out of balance. Because they end up further from flourishing or thriving, they also end up being further from true prosperity.