Mastering Money

Something that most of us think about on a daily basis is money. Some are obsessed, some concerned, some anticipating, some stealing and some planning. Money is a big part of our lives, for most of us it’s what makes the world go ’round and how we get our wants and needs. Some parts of the world still trade, but a large part uses money to make the transaction happen. it’s a lot easier than finding someone with what you want who is willing to trade for what you have. As a result of the major role it plays in our wants, needs and desires and our ability to fulfill them it’s something many of us spend a lot of time thinking about.

Money in and of itself isn’t a bad thing. In fact, money is actually a good thing because it removes so many obstacles that we had before there was a system that is a lot easier to figure out and help us make transactions around the world with ease. It’s not necessarily bad to have lots or little money, a lot of the bad or good concept has been applied to money based on how people have used it in the past. Some people are happy with just a little money, enough to make ends meet, and others do well with lots of money.  Unfortunately we’ve equated lots of money as being something bad if it’s not us and we’ve equated little money with poverty and with the need for lots more.

However, as I’ve already said, the “how” of the money we have is really what makes a difference: how we got it and how we’re going to use it. You can have lots of money and blow it on strippers and Vegas every weekend and have a “bad” reputation for money. You can also have lots of money and spend it on charities and non profits and have a “good” reputation for money. The same holds true for the opposite end of the spectrum.  Then of course there’s the how of getting it: did you steal it or do great things in the world worthy of the amount you’ve got?

So let’s bring it home: how are you with money? Are you doing good things with what you have, taking care to track your spending, not spending every free dime on frivolous things, and planning for what the future holds? Or are you lying, stealing and cheating as much as you can into your own pocket like a modern day scrooge? Finally, what do you think and feel about money? Is it your arch enemy or are you thankful for all that what you have enables you to do and actively planning how you can earn more because you’re contributing more?  What’s your perspective on money and what money can do for you?

“It is not the creation of wealth that is wrong, but the love of money for its own sake.Margaret Thatcher

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