Your Relationship with MoneySeptember 27th, 2011 by Elizabeth Menzel
I believe that the world would run smoothly, there would be no wars, no classism, no crime, no poverty, no problems with being able to afford shelter, food, and healthcare, if money simply never existed. Imagine, whatever your passion, you get to pursue it with gusto. Everything would still get made; shoes, gardening tools, building supplies… but they would get produced out of creativity and necessity. A society that is based on valuing the best within us has no use for money. Motivation is free to come from the infinite energy that animates us, and action springs forth from that organic desire to build and innovate.
Don’t worry, the dirty jobs that are less appealing to most would still hold allure for some. If there were jobs that really no one wanted to do, they could mandatorily be occupied by young adults as part of their civic duty and rite of passage. Older folks would laugh and reminisce about their days as a sewer inspector, road kill cleaner, and garbage pit technician.
Sure, my ideal 0 money culture will never come to pass, but I get hours of delight imagining such a utopia. I understand now more than ever, “For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.” Word. As if any substance on earth should have more worth than our own soul. That’s just silly.
I try my best to base my money decisions by dropping more deeply into my center – that pure place of teeming prosperity and true worth within that isn’t tarnished by outside fears or circumstances. Then I logically weigh out pros and cons, balancing knowledge with wisdom. I feel real gratitude when I give excellent service and get paid for it. I even give gratitude when I’m paying bills: I love electricity, running water, and my car! I get that money is the way value and worth get expressed on this earth plane, and that for now at least, I’m stuck with it, so I may as well make it as peaceful, joyful, and fun a game as possible. Without getting sucked into compromising my integrity in the process of playing.
So, how do you live an honorable life in a world that seems to be controlled by money, without letting money control you?
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