Posted on : 18-03-2011 | By : Lynn | In : Business, Career Stuff, Choices
What? Money isn’t everything?!? “How could you say that?!”, you may be thinking. But it’s true, Money is not everything. In fact it’s really usually only some kind of metal, fabric or paper (which is certainly not “everything”)!
Thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, of books have been written about what money is and in my not so humble opinion, not enough has been written about what money is not.
In all the cultures who use money, the metal, fabric or paper is an agreed upon symbol for mutual exchange. We use it to communicate an agreed upon thought such as you make me this and then I pay you what you and I feel it is worth with our agreed upon symbol. Isn’t it interesting how much time most of us spend on wanting to and/or acquiring money and how little time we spend on the actual communication and cultivation of relationships with other people? Money is a symbol used for communication but it is not actual communication.
Before I list the top ten things that money is not, please know that I am acutely aware that for many of us we have a lot of needs (much less wants) that (in our cultures at least) cannot be met without money. I know that I need a roof over my head, food in my belly and clothes on my back just like you do, so maybe this top ten list will help you to put your idea of what money is in your life back into its rightful place in balance with everything that is available to you that won’t cost you a cent:
1.) Money is not the warm feeling you get when someone is unexpectedly kind to you.
2.) Money can’t buy you that look that your loved one/dog/cat/horse,bird gives you straight into your eyes that let’s you know you are loved and respected.
3.) All the money in the world won’t buy you true friendship with someone who would give you the shirt off their backs if you needed it and really be happy to do so.
4.) Money won’t fill that empty hole in your gut that only spiritual and emotional healing and time can fill.
5.) Money will not make you important. Look at Bernie Madoff, how important is he now?
6.) Money won’t buy you the experience of laughing so hard with someone you care about that you run out of breath.
7.) Money will not make you a better person. You can be a good person and do really nice things with money for others but that doesn’t mean you’re better.
8.) Money is not the answer to all your problems. If you have a problem right now that you believe money would get rid of, then think again…you may be able to come up with a creative solution to help you get your problem(s) cared for in another way.
9.) Money is not approval. If you have lot’s of money it does not mean that the world approves of you and if you have no money it does not mean that the world disapproves of you—money is a material thing—it does not have feelings.
10.) Money is not love. Money is not love. Money is not love. Yes, if you are a loving person with money you can buy many loving things with money but the actual money itself is not love. Money is a material thing-it does not have feelings.