Now back to the conversation, here is a paraphrase of the conversation:
Fellow Metro rider: "So do you believe in this stuff *pointingI can say a lot of (good and bad) things about taking public transportation in DC, but I always meet interesting people. I once had a random conversation about the poet Rumi with a fellow rider who saw me reading the Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. I have the feeling that if I had rode a while longer with fellow rider, he would have launched into some sales pitch about a product he was selling or something; people that start random conversations with me about wealth and money usually do, but I could be wrong, I'll never know...
to my book*, that you can attract money?"
Me: In a way, yes, I believe that having positive, affirmative thoughts are important in reaching goals including attracting money. But it also takes concerted effort, it's not magic."
Fellow Metro rider: "Do you want to attract money?"
Me: "I really want to attract what money offers, which is freedom. I'm not money-hungry, or obsessed with it. I want the freedom to pursue my dreams that being financially comfortable offers. It would also allow me to give back to others in some way.
Fellow Metro rider: "So money can bring happiness?
Me: "I believe money can make the physical aspects of living easier and sometimes more fun. But happiness to me comes from personal fulfillment and is more so determined by emotions than material stuff."
Fellow Metro rider: You would never know that some people have money.
*Followed by a brief tangent about Warren Buffett and how unassuming he is despite his wealth.*
Me: "Well this is my stop. Nice talking to you! *Hand-shake*
Fellow Metro rider: "You too!"
Have you had any interesting (or random) conversations about money lately?