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You and The Secret Millionaire

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You and The Secret Millionaire

Last week I watched ABC’s new show, The Secret Millionaire, which places millionaires in low-income communities, strips them of all their worldly possessions and asks them to covertly find worthy organizations with which to volunteer and eventually to make a sizable donation to. I cried.

I cried not for the organizations that received the surprise monetary gifts (though they did seem genuinely touched), but for the millionaire who comes to realize, in the end, that the power of generosity can make you giddy.

I then went online and watched all three episodes available. It was the same storyline every time. The millionaire starts out complaining about the beat up car they are provided with, only to arrive at a dirty, uncomfortable apartment where they will have to live on the equivalent of weekly welfare. They each spent the first of five days intensely missing all that had disappeared from their daily lives of convenience.  It always begins with “me”.

But then something magical happens. Forced by their circumstances to reach outside of themselves and connect with their neighbors and fellow do-gooders in the community, their sense of humanity emerges. Their faces begin to change. Stripped of the stigma and posturing of being a millionaire, you can literally see how dropping their identity leads to letting go of their fears. The “me” expands.

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5:54PM PDT on May 18, 2011


8:13AM PDT on Apr 18, 2011

have not seen the show maybe I will watch now

9:05PM PDT on Apr 5, 2011

I love the show. I had to miss it this past sunday for a spiritual retreat. I lost everything a few yrs ago and when they shut the lights out for 5 days I thought I would just fade into the earth but I learned to adjust very fast and learned that a lot of the things I thought I needed I didn't. It took two yrs for me to start spending like I used to. Our belief systems tell us we need this stuff but most of it we don't so again I am going thru the process of simplifying. I am lucky I am not adverse to feeling uncomfortable to have progress happen in my life. Say a prayer for my Sammie who is sick. Thank you.

8:02PM PDT on Apr 5, 2011

I haven't seen the show. Thanks for the information. Yes it feels good to give to those less fortunate.

5:54AM PDT on Apr 5, 2011

thanks for sharing

11:22AM PDT on Apr 3, 2011

Oh yeah, I love Juliet D's point and agree. There's something too - false - about the show. Anyone can give and make a difference with [the slightly more frivolous] or projects that make a real difference to the poorest of us all. These are the Heifer project, Habitat for Humanity, and the Salvation Army or their local Food Bank.

11:01AM PDT on Apr 3, 2011

how about: "not becoming a millionaire in the first place, voluntarily giving it up beforehand", instead of constantly thinking "how can I acquire large amounts of money", thinking "how can I acquire the most amount of knowledge/love, with the least damage to gentle creatures".

9:16AM PDT on Apr 3, 2011

So true. True happiness and joy can be felt only when we are giving, helping, carrying for others unconditionally. One of the main goals of Yoga and Buddhism

4:38PM PDT on Apr 2, 2011

Good motive fot the show, but how about doing it just to do it with not being officially recognized for doing good!

7:10AM PDT on Apr 2, 2011


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