Anyone who’s watched the Secret
Millionaire series knows what a heartwarming piece of television it is. Its one
of the best money shows I know and provides an insight into why we all need a
little more prosperity…and generosity.
This is when a millionaire or
multi-millionaire goes undercover and stays a week in a poor neighbourhood.
After he gets to know the local community he has to choose individuals or
charities that he wishes to help. He parts with a minimum of $100k for
This programme reveals the
challenges faced by ordinary people who live below the breadline, some with
disability, health problems and personal issues that have rendered them
homeless, jobless and powerless. Under normal circumstances, a millionaire and
a pauper would never cross paths until now.
It’s quite a wrench for a
millionaire to leave his sprawling mansion and live amongst people from a lower
social stratum. He has to exist on a meagre allowance and give up all his home
comforts. The millionaires start off with judgmental attitudes but its not long
before these are broken down.
Impoverished neighbourhoods look out
for each other no matter how much bad press they receive. Many good people engage in helping one another no matter how difficult their own situation. They are like diamonds in the dirt, shining their light so that another may have light for his own path. This does not happen in
affluent areas. More often than not, a millionaire has little or no contact
with his neighbours – they’re all too busy chasing the next buck.
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The genuine spirits of downtrodden
and disadvantaged people shine through
the despair to achieve marvelous things. This is altruism at work in those who
are pure of heart. Amongst the needy are people who are inspirational and
dedicated to making life a little better for their fellow men. These Good
Samaritans are working tirelessly and asking for little or no reward.
Even the most hardened cynic will
crumble in the face of the selflessness and sacrifice some individuals show.
And so the millionaires see the other side of life which reminds them of their
own backgrounds since they came up the hard way too.
To be wealthy is like being
wrapped in soft and silky layers. The stark realities are no more than passing
images on a screen. Its someone else’s life, not mine! This piece of reality television
peels away those layers and, stripped off their houses, cars, businesses, and
family, the real person emerges.
I’m pleased to say that nearly all of the
millionaires featured are good, decent people – with and without their money.
They deserve their success as much as the recipients deserve the money.
It’s the exchange of love that is
the most powerful thing and, more often than not, my tears mingle with theirs.
Our faith in humanity is restored and our belief in compassion and kindness
further strengthened. Though we feel as if we live in ivory towers we really
don’t. We’re not untouchable. Thoughtfulness and kindness can move us as
much as it can move mountains.
This is life changing TV since
both parties experience transformation. The money is changed into love for the
needy and the millionaire is enriched by his simple act of giving. The
millionaire receives far more than he gives. His heart is softened and rippling
with generosity. It feels good to give and he knows that to give is to truly live.
It’s a win-win situation and that’s what the good life is all about.
Money is not evil. We need more
of it in the world - not less - but it must be placed in the hands and hearts of
those who strive for justice and equality. The world is not so unbalanced as we think and
God does not make any mistakes. The haves and the have-nots each come to fulfil the other.
Nevertheless, man and money do
not make good bed fellows unless the superior being is in control and money should never be
master. When you feel love surging through your heart, tears of joy spilling
from your eyes and your spirit soaring like a supersonic jet you’ll know……it’s
not about the money.