Going Toe To Toe With A Millionaire

The floor to ceiling windows looked out onto a private park of trees and lush grass.  I could see little birds darting in and out of nests and squirrels scampering up and down the trunks and branches.  The view was inviting like you were immersed in nature.

I would have stepped out into it – but I was stopped by an impenetrable partition of glass.

Which also sort of made the scene like a big television set with the volume turned off, for none of the birdsong or crickets chirping came through.

How do you find such a nice spot of nature in the midst of Philadelphia?  There wasn’t s single hint of the honking cars, busy people, or giant buildings of the bustling city I had flown into.  Just a quiet hum of air conditioning.  This little niche much cost a fortune.

I turned away from the window and faced the office I was in.  It had that elegant simplicity adopted by most high-level executives or successful business people.  Large and spacious with only a few personal items sparsely populating the desk and bookshelf; a photo of his wife, a treasured baseball in a beautiful glass case, several prestigious awards.  The broad desk held only a thin stack of papers, a pen set, and a phone.

The entire room was clad in white carpet flooring.  A speck of dirt could not survive in here for very long.

His handshake had been firm, but his hands were soft.  He was in OK physical shape for a man his age.  A private gym membership which he attended several times a week I guessed?  I looked at his pale complexion – he didn’t get outside very much.

He was passionate, intelligent, and quite animated.  I continued to listen to him telling the details of the success he had achieved.

It was impressive.  He had been the marketing genius behind several radio advertising campaigns.  And if I told you the names, you would immediately recognize the brands that he had taken from nowhere to household buzz.

A mutual friend had suggested we meet.  I was in Pennsylvania to visit a botanical center and out of curiosity, I had arranged to stop by.

I’ve been in farms, or gardens, or backwoods so long this world seemed strange to me.

Mr. X continued “all of my clients have a budget that starts at with at least three hundred thousand and usually goes into the millions”.

I didn’t have anything even close to that, and by now, I am sure he knew it.  But he was continuing on.  He had seen my videos and he knew what I stood for.

This was not the dynamic of a rich man talking with his gardener.  He was sincerely trying to find a way we could work together.

He was certainly a millionaire with connections and infuleunce.  An extremely successful person.

And although I had little money, no fast cars, no staff, or beautiful offices, I knew I was his equal.

And he knew it too.

I reflected on our different paths.

All of his success was derived from the man made systems of corporations, banks, electronic media, and the vast complex of interdependent businesses and Governments known as ‘the system’.  He derived his living from the spreadsheets, the money management, the ROI’s, and the interest, the legal agreements, the connections, and the glossy promises.

I work from an entirely different system.  My source is the Earth.  I work with soil, sunlight, and water to nourish and heal myself.  I grow my own food and medicine and I show others how to do it too.  And I spend some time each day living in the real and joyful dance of plants and animals.  Just like Mr. X it is not always easy – there are sometimes failures and upsets.  And while there are some losses, there are also big wins.

But my strength and power is just as real, and perhaps more valuable.

As you grow older you value health more than wealth.

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To his credit, we did end up working together and he was very generous with his time and resources.  But we could not quite get the numbers to work out for my message to be spread through the vast array of corporate radio towers that he worked with.  And we have since gone our separate ways.

But the most important thing I got from the interaction was the acknowledgment of the power of the systems I work with – and how they were a very real and important alternative.  My strength, composure, and self-esteem are just as real, if not more so.  And although the rewards are different. the ones I pursue can be attained by anyone with a hose and a backyard or even a sunny windowsill.

It all starts with understanding some basic principles.  They are easy to learn and implement.  And they lead you to freedom and wealth of a different kind.  If you want to begin the journey, click here http://growyourowngroceries.org/

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  • Jerry says:

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    JA is so good for you that it will actually encourage you to better your gut activity by letting you know through the gas that you must pay attention to your physical shortcomings.

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    Your carbohydrate intolerance is a symptom of this nightmare.

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  • Dianne says:

    Very good analogy. With his wealth he was able to have close to him the quiet and the ‘garden’ that should be the heritage of all of us naturally.

    Where are there area’s to look to join people in this common cause of self sufficiency?

  • Jeremy says:

    Thank you for the wonderful, uplifting read. I, too, have experienced making that strange, intangible connection with someone who lives in a world very different from mine.

  • Beth Oquist says:

    Well written! Thank you for posting this. Even though it wasn’t the “usual” teaching material, in a sense it still was. I am grateful you had the wisdom to see you were his equal and were able to put it into words so eloquently. Yes, the earth and the dance of gardening and animal husbandry offers a wealth (as well as the health benefits) all its own that the monetary riches of his system lack. Your confidence is inspiration to those who might compare homesteading to his system and value the fruit of homesteading less than the fruit of his system.

  • Doug says:

    A wonderful story, thank you for sharing!

  • mauro says:

    Dear Marjory,

    Great story!
    You are rich not for all you have,
    you are rich for all that you give.
    Blessings to you and your family.
    Keep pushing!

  • Monica says:

    Great article and spot on. My husband and I made the switch from city life to country self reliance a number of years ago and have never looked back. (Accountant and Flight Attendant)
    We just had city friends visit (both pharmacists living in a big city) and the level of stress and low quality of life they lead was alarming. Their bodies are both years older than their actual age. They never drank one glass of our delicious spring water in four days but downed many liters of diet Coke. These are educated people with a vast knowledge of the human body yet they fail to nurture their own. It made me sad.

    1. Hi Monica,

      Yes, I am 51 years old now. And Looking at my elders, I can totally see that what they value the most is health.

      Thanks so much for commenting. I really appreciate the feedback.

  • Dianne Propernick says:

    I’ve added your FB site and liked it, I’ve invited friends to like your page and updated my FB status with a couple of paragraphs on you and your work and invited others to check out your work and DVD’s. If you post on FB articles I would enjoy passing them on to my friends.
    Thanks for great work!

    1. thank you SOP MUCH Dianne. I really appreciate your help.

  • Dianne Propernick says:

    On FB my name is Dianne Bischel my maiden name, that I didn’t get back in the divorce.

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