In life, the two most important components to “living” are a person’s health and their wealth. If a person has great health but lives in a state of poverty where they are scrambling to always meet their necessities, then they may have a miserable life. In contrast, a person can be as rich as Steve Jobs was but when they are suffering from a fatal illness that is incurable, money is of no importance to them.
With my HealthWealth, Inc. blog, I want to help raise awareness of the importance of nutrition, exercise, diet, rest, and the negative effects of stress, and to assist people with improve their financial literacy and relationship with money. Too many of us too many bad foods, do too little exercising and resting, and spend too much money on things that we do not need that do not add any value to us besides the sentiment of the ego that comes with attaching our self worth to brand names of companies that do not care anything about us or the state of our communities. Through understanding the power of your dollars and how to save and invest for your future, you will begin to empower yourself as an individual which will put you in a better position to help your loved ones.
In health, water is an essential. Over 70% of the earth is water and over 70% of your body is water. The human body can go longer without food than it can without water. Water is imperative to aid your blood flow, your digestive system, and in building your muscles. A person that neglects to drink water finds themselves suffering from chronic fatigue, headaches, and even bad breath. Let the first step that we take towards building health be with committing to drinking more water and less coffee, sodas, and other sugary drinks.
In wealth, money is often called “currency”. Currency derives from the Latin word “currentia” which means to flow. Currency is a derivative of the word “current” which is a body of water such as a stream or channel. When we think of money, we often think of making money, which is known in the business world as “cash flow”.
Currency, and the income of it, is known to us as cash flow because money is not expected to be stagnate. When a person makes money, they are expected to utilize it to either spend it or utilize it to make more money. Keeping money under a mattress is useless because with inflation the currency loses its “purchasing power”(i.e., it’s ability to purchase items). Even a novice money maker is encouraged to put their money in a savings account so that it can earn a little bit of interest from a bank.
Next entry, I will explain the dynamics of inflation and how it effects the purchasing power of money. Investing in our health and wealth is even more important for convicted felons because most of do not have any individual retirement accounts, social security savings, or 401(k)’s to carry us through in our senior citizen years when we may not be able to work due to poor health and old age. Therefore, we must be even more vigilant on securing our health because most of us may have to work well into our 50’s and 60’s, even our 70’s, while our peers are retired from their careers in which they worked for 25 to 30 years. Returning to society unhealthy and impoverished is often a recipe for recidivism.
Halim A. Flowers