I am poor but I am rich.

My hair turned gray in my early 30's (my first wife's gift to me)I got my high blood pressure in my early 40's (my second wife's gift to me) I got my arthritis and skin cancer in my early 50's (my gifts to me)

Now a can't drive because I fall asleep when I drive and it is hard to get in and out of a car so I use those big long limos the local governments supply for $50 a month.

I walk as much as I can. (some days I have to rest my legs every other block)

If someone comes along that wants to do me harm I just look at them like I will kill them if they try anything. I can't run so I have to look and act crazy and scare them away. It works because I have no fear and they realize it.

I am not afraid of pain or death. For the last 2 years I have been in pain when I walk and some times when I lay down. I died a couple of times in my life. I do not care about money. So I have nothing to lose.

I owe $1400 in credit cards and $15,000 in medical bills and I have less than $1,000 in assets. I make less than $15,000 a year.

I have a lot of friends and because of what I have I don't wonder what they want. They all know that all I have to give is my heart. (Maybe that is why it is enlarged.)

I am happier now than I ever was. I made good money, had a big houses, had 2 families. I had my ups and downs. I was happier during the downs.

I control my income. If I wanted to add clients I could but I am semi-retired.

I am financially poor but I am wealthy. How can I say that? I have good friends and I am never sad. I have touched many people and I have made a difference in their lives. I have helped people find themselves. I have helped people eliminate the hatred in their hearts for others who are different than themselves.

I am happy about my age. Every day I am a day older and a day wiser. I enjoy writing and hearing from people that have been helped by it.

I do not worry about the future. I do not worry about getting older.

Age is the number of years that you have been on this earth. It has nothing to do with who and what you are. It is what you have done with your life that matters.

I have done many things I am not proud of and I have learned from my mistakes. 1/1/00 was the beginning of a new life for me. I have wiped the slate clean and except for my business I started over. I want to help others overcome their problems and start a new life too. I want to help others out of the holes they dug for themselves. I want to help them find themselves.

My background is an unusual life. I spent my life studying people. I spent a lot of time in the streets. I have known people with high incomes and I have known people with no incomes. I have known good people and bad people. My education is not from books, surveys and scientific studies but from the real world.

The most important things you learn will not be from school but from life. Look at the world around you not just your neighborhood. With the internet you have the world at your fingertips. If you are a parent study about drugs and what they do to the addict. If you are thinking about trying drugs look it up on the internet. Find out what can happen to you.

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