Greed vs. Abundance

Mortgage and Lending with Crescent Bank & Trust

I stand corrected. In replying to a response to my most recent post about the industries that seem to be succeeding in today's economy, I cited Warren Buffett's often-quoted advice about being greedy when everyone else is afraid. In the context of Mr. Buffett's statement, "greed" represents a willingness to take risk or a propensity to invest. My AR colleague interpreted my response as attirbuting "greed" to investors as a whole. That was not my purpose, and I apologize.

Go to fullsize imageIn life, abundance and greed are not synonyms.

The first is a life choice. The other? It's grim.

Greed is the miser refusing the beggar the crumb,

The on-the-take politician, his conscience long numb.

Go to fullsize imageThe doctrine of abundance is virtuous and clean,

While the doctrine of scarcity's divisive and mean.

The root of all evil isn't money or wealth.

The root is in loving a dollar to the detriment of all else.

Ponzi, then Madoff, now Stanford showed greed,Go to fullsize image

And, yes, greedy were all those who followed their lead.

Touting something for nothing, wealth without labor,

Everyone loses when the scheme falls out of favor.

Go to fullsize imageNo, greed and abundance aren't one and the same.

Adbundance is inclusive, greed's just a game.

Bill Gates and Truett Cathy have each feathered a nest,

Yet through generosity, not greed, countless thousands they've blessed. 

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North Metro Atlanta community banker, Woodstock, GA

Comments (6)

Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner
Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395 - Mission Viejo, CA
Orange County & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395

Very nice....I like to practice abundance!

Feb 18, 2009 01:12 AM
Connie Case
Platinum Realty Group - Fountain City, TN
Realtor, Knoxville Tn.

True, there is a distinct difference between abundance and greed!

There is also a temptation to be greedy, whether you have a lot or a little. Wording, masks, a lot of ugly intentions.

Feb 18, 2009 01:29 AM
Goodbye Active Rain
Out of Real Estate

Thank You!

Feb 18, 2009 01:30 AM
Chris & Karen Highland
eXp Realty - Frederick, MD
Integrity, Experience, Enthusiasm!

Very nice poem. My husband went to the poorest villages of South Africa. He saw greed and abundance even there. 

Feb 23, 2009 10:00 AM
Jason Neumann
Century 21 Assurance Realty Ltd. - Kelowna, BC
Realtor -


I really liked the poem and the story you told through it.  Keep up the good work and thanks for sharing your talent of rhyme!

Feb 24, 2009 05:03 PM
Clark Blackwell
Crescent Bank & Trust - Woodstock, GA

Chris, Karen, Connie, Tony & Jason,  Begin an obvious newbie, I was concerned that my amateur poetry wouldn't be well-received on AR I've always enjoyed Charles Osgood's "pertinent poetry" during most airings of CBS Sunday Morning & I had Osgood in mind as I was composing those lines.   Thank you for reading my blog!

Feb 25, 2009 01:18 AM