Don’t Confuse Net Worth W/ Self Worth

This piece was done by a dear friend / client of mine, Lynn Cornish and greets you upon entry of her home, welcoming visitors, to remind them of what matters most in life. Lynn lives in Portola Valley, California with her 2 dogs Ozzie and Bubba who are the light of her life. Lynn has been painting for 30 years and paints with 20 other artists in a warehouse in Redwood City, California. Her art is sometimes provocative, whimsical and always vivid and bright, capturing the essence of what happens on any given day.

Lynn with Ozzie and Bubba

This particular piece “Don’t Confuse Net Worth W/ Self Worth” is inspired by the area in which she lives in Silicon Valley, the dot com capital, where 1 % of the richest population resides. It could be easy to get swept away with power and greed but her message speaks to the heart, reminding us that truly Wealth is Health and not indicative of people’s contentment or happiness.

Lynn knows first hand that wealth does not equal health as her brother Robby suffered with mental illness all of his life. She tried for years to the best of her ability to help him with therapy, programs, housing, finances etc. He lived as rich a life as anyone could have with his serious condition of schizophrenia. He frequented thrift shops often and drove the car she gave him proudly and everyone knew him by name. He told many stories in lucid times and his favorite line was “It’s nothing to write home about” and laughter would fill the air. Everyone still laughs when they talk about this story and although I never met Robby, I feel as though I knew him by the stories that she and her brothers and sister in laws share when they get together in fond memory. Robby had an episode as is often the case with mental health issues that landed him in jail on a 5150 in March of 2015. I personally reassured Lynn that this was a good thing (I know first hand with family members that suffer from mental health issues) because he would now get the help he needed which is most often the case. She was trying to post bail because she was worried sick about him but sadly and tragically he was murdered in jail by his roommate who also suffered mental health issues on St. Patrick’s Day March 17th 2015.

Robert Anthony Hearn

Lynn makes generous donations to mental health organizations along with many other worthy causes.

Mental Health treatment, care and respect for each individual cannot be overemphasized in a world where 1 in 4 suffer from mental health issues and trauma. It does not discriminate and one never knows if or when one of us could be part of this percentage.

Lynn’s house reflects her fun loving, giving and vivacious personality that captivates everyone that comes in contact with her. Her walls are a gallery that infuse happiness and joy while looking at her art and her expansive view of the bay and majestic mountains.

Most days you will find her hiking the hills with the deer, turkeys and extraordinary wild life that are protected in her area.

Here’s Lynn‘s website if you want to check it out, just for fun. I am a HUGE fan and the lucky recipient of piece that hangs in my entry.

The one above is ear marked for another one of her friends but we are all battling her for it or urging her to make a lithograph for our homes as well. If you are interested in that please let her know.

This beautiy hangs in Lynn’s Dearest friend Wendy’s home
And this one in my entry

One day when working with Lynn I saw this in her garage and she said she was painting over it because she didn’t like it. I grabbed it so fast it would make your head spin and I LOVE IT. What’s more is my husband and I don’t agree on art at all AND WE BOTH LOVE IT!!! That speaks volumes!!!

A side angle view with Buddha standing guard

Look closely here…. no irreverence intended but even Buddha agrees this year has been F_____. Just keeping with the theme of things from last post. Lol!!!!

As always, thanks so much for reading, liking (if you do of course), commenting and or sharing. I’m most grateful for your time and kindness.

Here’s to our Wealth in Health with Love and Always Laughs,




134 thoughts on “Don’t Confuse Net Worth W/ Self Worth

  1. Thank you for sharing Lynn’s story. y suffer with mental health issues and there needs to be more awareness on this. A good reminder of net worth is not self worth.

    1. You are so welcome Kinge and thanks for your kind comment and read! It is very much appreciated! You are so right and glad you enjoyed the message and Lynn’s story and tribute!! ❤️ Cindy

  2. Ain’t Ty hat the truth! One is a power structure and the other is truth. Please and thank you for not confusing them! Too many get swept up in how these 2 distinctly different aspects and point of views become priorities. I for one have see both sides of this coin. My reality has always been, if I am rich, let itbe in heart and in love. I applaud you for featuring Lynn’s story and work. We are all worthy and that is truth. Her life sounds full of joyful peace and grounded roots of love and acceptance. Beautiful Cindy❤ So much love pours out of this heartwarming story❤

    1. Good Moring Maria! Always so nice to start my day with your words in the morning. I can always count on you for what matters most. I couldn’t agree with you more. Rich in love is a wonderful way to live and where the true gifts are for sure. Thank you Maria! It was one that couldn’t go untold and I was so happy Lynn was open and happy to give a tribute to Robby that he so deserved. I am hoping to get a picture of him to add as well.
      We sure all are worthy! That is the truth! Lynn exemplifies selfless love to all she encounters and rooted in truth and beauty.
      Thanks for the read and share and so glad it was heartfully received. ❤️ Cindy

  3. Thank you for shedding light on mental health issues on your platform, and sharing Lynn’s story.
    I, too, love your painting- and agree with your Buddha statue!
    I just love you for many reasons, and your spacious heart is just one! 💕

    1. You are so welcome Lisa! It’s near and dear to my heart. Lynn’s story is a compelling and heartbreaking one for sure.
      I knew I could count on you to enjoy a laugh and fun from Buddha! 🤗
      Awww thanks Lisa that is so touching! I love you too! ❤️🤗 Happy Hump day!

  4. Life is full of surprises – some we create and some are thrust upon us. Good perspective on Lynn – one of the finest humans around.

    1. So well said Wendy!!!! You are so right! None of us would choose some of what we have given but we continue to make the most of it.
      You are soooo right about Lynn being one of the finest human beings on the planet. Hey, can I buy your painting for my living room?

  5. Thanks Cindy for sharing your friends story with us, beautiful paintings, beautiful artist and such adorable dogs. ❤️
    And I so agree with you regarding the logo in your last post here as well😉
    Love and hugs🤗❤️ Take care 🌺

    1. You are so welcome Samreen!!! I’m so glad you enjoyed her beautiful fun painting, her and her dogs!!!
      So glad you appreciated the humor there and hope you got a chuckle! 🤣Big Love and hugs to you as well! I will you too and have a great day ❤️🤗❤️🤗🤗❤️🤗 Cindy

  6. Cindy, I enjoyed Lynn’s colorful art very much! <3 The story of Robby is so sad! I can relate to it from the experiences of someone close to me. Sometimes doing all we can do is not enough to prevent tragedy, and no amount of money can fix some problems! Thank you for this beautiful, inspiring post. 🙂 Have a great day! Cheryl

    1. Good Morning Cheryl! I’m so glad you enjoyed Lynn’s colorful art! I know, heart wrenching for sure. You’re right and its such a helpless feeling knowing that no amount of money and or even love can mend some things! Sooo sad for sure. Thanks so much for reading and your important comment. You’re so welcome and you have a great day as well!!! ❤️🤗 Cindy

    1. You are so welcome and thanks so much Gabriella for your kind message ❤️ and appreciation. It is so wonderful to know that we have each other to lift us up and hold us during all of the sadness and tragedy. You;re right there is a lot of sadness and tragedy!
      ❤️ Cindy

  7. Cindy really loved reading the entire post. Mental health is the least thing talked about even today when the generations have suffered through it. Yesterday my parents were watching the movie, A beautiful mind. They hadn’t watched it before and could relate to it so much. My grandmother suffered with Schizophrenia towards the end of her days and we were there to witness that. It’s painful and no words can even define the pain the family goes through. Please extend my heartfelt greetings to Lynn. She seems so lovely. We definitely need to talk much more about mental illness when in these days and age its at its peak. Thank you for sharing this with us. Hope you are well. 😇😇

    1. I’m so glad you enjoyed reading this Kumar and thanks for sharing your thoughts on this very important subject. You’re so right, about the suffering that has gone on through the ages.
      Oh Beautiful Mind is such a great movie! Oh that must have been so hard to witness your grandma like that and feeling so helpless!!! I do hope Lynn is reading your comments but I will certainly pass your kind and heartfelt greeting on to Lynn. She is an inredible being with a huge heart for sure. You are so welcome and thanks so much for helping raise awareness for it is in the talking we connect and share our stories making them easier to deal with.
      I’m great and hope you are as well! Sending you a big hug and always love. ❤️ Cindy

  8. This is a heartfelt post Cindy. Thanks for sharing your friend’s story here. I am so saddened to read how her brother died. I know someone who suffers with this problem and I can understand how hard life would be.

    Btw… The paintings are too good and beautiful. Do not forget to convey this to your friend. 🥰

    1. Oh Thanks so much Preethas! You are so welcome and I know it means a lot to her that you read it and your kind words. It is soooo sad and life can be brutally painful. We shall keep holding the torch though. I know aren’t they gorgeous.. Hope you got a chuckle out of the Buddha blessling a the end. We need to laugh! 🤣 ‘
      I sure will and hopefully she is reading this! ❤️ Cindy

  9. Mental health awareness is a priority and it is our responsibility to be more understanding and inclusive so people suffering from mental health issues can feel safe enough to trust us. Thanks for sharing Lynn’s story with us. 🖤

    1. I agree with you whole heartedly Shruba! We know not what other’s suffering is and it’s so important to have people to talk to and never feel inferior because of it. You are so welcome and thank you so much for making time to read this and comment. Lynn’s story and heart is compelling heartbreaking bt important to share like you say. Blessings to you ❤️ 🤗 Cindy

      1. Oh I saw the Buddha… it looks like he might belong at my house. 😉 I’m also a Buddha statue whisperer— don’t be surprised if he up and leaves one day! 😂

  10. Beautifully written story about Lynn and Robby. Lynn is truly a beautiful person inside and out. She is full of compassion which was so apparent in how she rescued Robby and helped him cope and lead a decent life. She is my sister in law, dear friend and I can’t express how wonderful she has been to all of Her friends and family. Her paintings are unique, vibrant and fun. We Love you Lynn! Cindy thank you for writing this beautiful post and bringing Robbys memory back as a reminder to all how unfair mental illness is.

    1. Ooops soory about that it sent before it was ready. What I meant to say was what a beautiful comment. Who would know better than you Cheyrl what an incredible person Lynn is. You are such an incredible sister in every sense of the word and true friend as well. We are all soooo lucky to have her in our lives. She has a huge network of friends and gives so much to everybody! Yes, her paintings are one of a kind and so unique, you are so right! You are so welcome! I’m happy to have made a contribution in Robby’s honor to share with the world and for you all to enjoy. Yes, it is so unfair and unjust you’re right. Big hugs and love 🤗❤️
      We do love you Lynn

  11. Wealth does not equal health. Self-worth does not depend on wealth. Thank you for these reminders. As well as reminding us that too many people are suffering from mental illness around the world. We need to be kinder to each other.❤️

    1. You are so right Rahjo and you are so welcome. I’m glad you enjoyed the post and I so agree with you that we need to be kinder to each other! Thank you so much for your kindess in reading and commenting on my post. Have a blessed day! ❤️ Cindy

  12. ♡ I take notes and coins and attach them to my surfaces; no matter how broke I AM they stay attached and I AM still here and it has NOTHING!!! to do with Finances


  13. Thank you for such a beautiful sharing…heartbreaking…painful…though Lynn sees the light…she believes in that…coz she’s the light…the paintings are simply beautiful…there’s a hint of joy, happiness & pain as well in her shades…and you, my dear friend…have this sick ability to write your lines so well…with quite an important message…awareness ❤️

    1. Oh Navin…I am so appreciative ofyour heartfelt words. Thank you sooo much for you caring words of truth to this very sad and yes painful loss!!! Yes, Lynn holds this well and comtinues to reach for the light. You just pinged my heart in a way that draws me back to writing again and again and that is such a gift to hear. Thank you my dear friend. ❤️🤗 Cindy

  14. A sad story of Lynn’s brother but with an important message: so many of us are suffering from mental health issues, especially at the moment. We must never forget the value of reaching out to a friend in need.

  15. I agree, that is one lovely piece of art. A happy piece. She sounds like a great friend. You hare so right about money my friend. I love this post, even though the message is so tragic. I am so sorry she lost someone in such a tragic way. That story just melts one’s heart. I applaud your work my friend. This is a time when people really need their therapist and many types of different counselors as time are so crazy. Bless you for what you do. Sending you lots of love and hugs. Love xoxoxo ya, Joni

    1. I know it’s such a great piece and It always makes me happy to see the message and power of the color and strength. I know, so tragic and life is certainly messy and can be difficult so we keep looking for the light!!!
      Yes, indeed, it’s a critical time for support and care of our souls for sure. Big hugs and always so much love! 🤗❤️🤗❤️ Cindy

      1. Yes your friend is really talented. I really enjoyed your work out video. It was a great mix of exercises with great stretches. You are just sending out all kinds of positive vibes. I love it my friend. Love and hugs right back at you. Have an awesome weekend. 🤗💕❤️Joni

      2. She really is.. I’m so glad you liked the video Joni as you are seasoned. Lmk if you ever do it and how it works in your body or what you would want to see and I’ll tweet it. That is very kind and thank you so much for your kind vibes and love you so graciously bestow on your readers. ❤️🤗❤️🤗❤️

      3. You too my friend. Seriously and I will give you any feedback I have but I was actually impressed with the variety, strength building for the core and how you talked about alternatives for people with shoulder issues. I thought it was a great video my friend. Sending great vibes and fairies with flowers. 💖🤗💕🧚‍♀️🧚‍♀️🧚‍♀️

      4. Thanks so much Joni!!! Well that’s great to hear. Alright say no more.. that is awesome. It was supposed be 25 min. lol.. I’ll work on that part. Ooh I love the fairies with flowers.. Thanks and lot!!! 🤗❤️🤗💋

  16. Cindy, what a beautiful post. Thank you for sharing her story and bringing mental health issues to the forefront.
    I love the painting you have. She is very talented.
    I hope all is well with you and your family. Take care. Scott

    1. Hi Scott, I’m so glad you enjoyed Lynn’s story and picture. It really is an imortant topic alright. Thanks, I love it too! There is lots of symbolism in there, I’m mot sure she realizes and the colors and geometic shapes are awesome! We’re all good and I hope with you as well. Thanks for sharing!! ❤️ Cindy

  17. This is a very heartfelt one cindy..!
    I really enjoyed reading the story of your friend by your words🥰, there were so many mixed emotions while I was reading this…Also the paintings were poignant 💖

    1. I’m so glad you enjoyed it Akshita!!! Yes, very sad and yet the fact that she can go on and find her creative gifts that she beautifully paints is such a gift! Like you in words! thanks for your kind share! ❤️❤️❤️ Cindy

      1. Your most welcome cindy.
        It was such a pleasure reading this piece.
        Yes, I just hope she gets all the creative gifts out there.
        Such a pleasure.

    1. I know that is my all time favorite!!!! I wanted just that one to pop up in the reader but i don’t know how to do that LOL. You are soooo right about that. Thanks so much Kritika for your share. Have a great day!! ❤️ Cindy

  18. I am glad to know about the strengths and talent that Lynn possesses. She is actually living her life to the fullest 👍🏻👍🏻thanks for sharing such a wonderful post about her ❤

    1. You are so right Dulcy!!! she sure does.. it’s is quite inpressive. She is talented alright with a heart of gold. Thanks so much for reading Dulcy and your heartfelt comments always. Big hugs today🤗❤️🤗❤️🤗Cindy

  19. Heart warming and motivating. You shed some light on most hyped topic these mental health. Everyone talks about mental health yet never cares for their own!

      1. I did follow you before but wordpress is drunk most of the times. I am not notified of your post. So I unfollowed to follow again and enable notification again!🥺😅

      2. LMAO!!! I know.. I find that too.. soooo weird! Someone else said this.. will you keep me posted so I know what the story is? Thanks ton and sorry for the problem. soooo appreciate knowing! ❤️

  20. Your storytelling is compelling and truly enjoyable! Such a tragedy, but you framed him so we’ll. That piece you grabbed is so cool, loved it and your Buddha. I always come away happier after I read your work. Thanks for a wonderful read.

    1. Thanks so much for visiting Rob and your kind sharing of your thoughts. I know isn;t that a great picture and I’m so glad you got a chuckle out of Buddha! We need a little irreverece here. lol. Such a tragedy is right but on we go.. Have a great night and Sunday! ❤️❤️❤️ Cindy

  21. Thank you for sharing Robb and Lynn’s story. I wish it didn’t have to be that way. But, like one of your last posts….silver linings….It’s nice to read articles that focus on mental health issues without the negativity and condescension. I’m so glad you brought up the point of how those two things( net worth and self worth) are absolutely different because too many people do not see the difference at all….me included …well that was a long time ago though….great post Cindy….
    Hugs and love 🧸🧸🥰🧸🥰🧸🥰🧸🥰🧸🥰🧸

    1. you are so welcome Ruelha and thanks for reading it. you are so right, altho so sad we must bring hope and light to all people because we all deserve it no matter what. I’m so glad you like the connection. it is soooo true!!… In the end we are love and that is it. have a great Sunday! ❤️ Cindy

      1. I agree with you there Cindy. Your thoughts are pure and profound.
        Love, light, hope and hugs….🎀🥰🤗🥰🎀🤗🥰🥰🎀

    1. Thanks Dwight! Yes! Love her art work… so sad but couldn’t help but tie it in with the mental health issues and the misuse of power with greed… it had a life of its own. Thanks for visiting and your comment Dwight! ❤️

  22. Thank you for this heart wrenching story about your friends brother. Such a tragic loss. Mental illness is such a heartbreaking disease that affects the entire family. I have tremendous empathy for anyone suffering from mental illness it can be such a debilitating disease.Your friend is a very talented artist, what beautiful work.
    I am especially moved by the painting don’t confuse net worth with self worth so very profound.
    From your description of her she is a treasure to have as a friend..

    1. You are so welcome Marlene. It certainly is heartbreaking and the entire family suffers indeed. I know from personal experience how hard this can be and it sounds like you do too. Lynn is definitely an amazing person and talented artist and has her values in place. She is an incredible person and I am lucky to know her. Stay healthy and stay strong. Thanks for checking in and your heartfelt comment. ❤️❤️🤗Cindy

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