January 30, 2009

Be Broke, Feel Rich

I finally saw "Slumdog Millionaire" which I've wanted to see for two months. The impoverished boys in the slums of Bombay, now Mumbai, faced such awful circumstances that portions of the film called for an X rating, in my opinion, for its depiction of atrocities to those sweet-looking, large-eyed children.

If you find yourself in a swamp of self-pity and can't shake the blues from your stagnating financial status, see this film. You will get just how far away you are from real broke-ness.

Poverty—in this movie—meant no shoes, no food, a cardboard shelter and survival on a stench-filled garbage dump. Yet they carved out a life and, being children, created play.

No one can wear more than one pair of shoes at a time. If you're like me and have a closet full of them, you are a far distance from broke, and in fact—might actually be closer to rich. At least that's how I felt upon seeing the movie. My net worth isn't what it used to be, but I'm eons from missing a meal or running out of shoes to choose from.


  1. I pass by homeless daily on Columbia and have to feel thankful for all that I do have.

  2. Hey Earl! And today was a C-O-L-D day to be warming oneself on Chicago streets. I'm glad to be inside...with a working furnace

  3. Thanks for your perspective, Sharon!... As always, you are right on target, and eloquently state what most of us hold back. :-)