Growing up had various challenges for many of us. I am sure there are similar stories that can be told by persons residing in every country or island in the world; having the basic necessities to take us through childhood was often lacking, one such medium was money or should I say enough of it. However, our parents and relatives did their best to provide for us regardless of those challenges.
Nevertheless let us explore;
What is money?
What were you taught about money?
What are your views about money?
I am sure we would all agree that it is not just a piece of paper. Money is defined as a good that acts as a medium of exchange in transactions. A few years ago one needed to have money to make a purchase of the basic necessities. However, in recent years the credit card system was implemented and we are allowed to make purchases using our credit card and pay for these at a later date at a specific interest rate. In addition we are even allowed to make cash withdrawals using our credit cards and re-pay this at a later date but at much higher interest rates.
Typically our thoughts about money as adults correlate with what we would have heard about it as a child. Most of us encountered some of these sayings, for example, “money doesn’t grow on trees”, “money is the root of all evil,” when in fact the scripture says “For the love of money is the root of all evil,” 1 Timothy 6:10, “all rich people are greedy” or maybe “money can’t buy happiness” on the negative side, and from a positive angle, “money makes the mail go” or “but money answers all things”, which is biblical also, Ecclesiastes 10:19 or “money can’t buy happiness” but it definitely aids in the process, and others that may be disseminated from time to time. These sayings generally serve to motivate one’s thoughts to think either positively or negatively about the “money”. Nevertheless, negative thoughts and sayings we should strive to avoid at all cost. This is not to say that they would stop coming to mind. In fact they would initially become more prevalent as you try to avoid them. We have to replace the “not”, “can’t”, “cannot”, “never”, and “maybe” etc. with positive reachable thoughts. The question that comes to mind is should we allow negative sayings about money to prevent us from developing unique legal ways of acquiring it?
I must admit that money fascinates me; it gives me the opportunity at better options and for that reason I love every aspect of it. I am sure if we had enough or more than enough money we would not be thinking about whether we should have the car of our dreams, a much needed vacation, the meal we are craving and many other things our human nature craves for.
I came across this bit of information a few weeks ago in my economics class and I thought I would share it.
Money bewitches people.
They fret for it, and they sweat for it.
They devise most ingenious ways to get it, and most ingenuous ways to get rid of it.
Money is the only commodity that is good for nothing but to be gotten rid of.
It will not feed you, clothe you, shelter you, or amuse you unless you spend it or invest it.
It imparts value only in parting.
People will do almost anything for money, and money will do almost anything for people.
Money is a captivating, circulating, masquerading puzzle.
What do you think? My thoughts! Interesting, and true for the most part.
So, what should we do? Love it or Hate it? Save it or spend it? Dream about it or work to get it?
There is this saying that we attract what we think about. This is not to say that if we sat and thought about money it would magically come to us. However, if we think of ways to create and acquire it the likelihood of getting it would definitely outweigh the fallacy that just thinking about it will bring it your way. The key is to start thinking that you deserve money and that there’s lots of it available for you, and then you can start working to acquire it. Can’t you?