If Only I had More Money

Money Stress – If only I had more money.

I read my horoscope daily.  I really enjoy the horoscopes written and recorded by Jonathan Cainer.  I ask for a membership subscription to his site for my birthday.  I find his castings positive and uplifting.  Sometimes I share his daily horoscope with friends and family.  Some of them really appreciate it and some tell me that horoscopes are just nonsense.  Those folks usually go on to say that the positions of the planets don’t control your life, horoscopes are written in such a way that they are true for everyone…. You get the picture.  People can get pretty wound up about it.messy money horoscope

“Horoscopes are not real,” they say.

To that I reply, “It does not matter if it is true or real or contains any predictive power”

At that point I get a confused look and explain that, in my opinion, the power of the horoscope is that it forces you the pause, even if only for a minute or two, and evaluate what is going on in your life at the moment.  A little time for some self-reflection and that is a good thing; when life is moving a frenetic pace it helps to hit the pause button every once and awhile.

This brings me to my 2014 Money Horoscope from Mr. Cainer.  It contains the following line

…contemplate whatever currently makes you feel that, if only you had more money, it would all be different.

Whoa! (Imagine Keanu Reeves Meme here.)

I took my horoscopes advice and spent some time contemplating.  I came to realize that some of my money stress – isn’t about money at all.  More money will not make me taller, smarter, born to a different family, a better person, more loving, lovable or loyal.  Would more money make me more confident?

Don’t get me wrong – money is important, money can provide security and comfort and it needs to be tended to.  Take care of your money the way you know you should take care of the other things in your life… health and people.  And sometimes you have to let go.  I have enough money to take care of myself, my obligations and the people in my life.

Self Worth beyond Net Worth

I ran across this interesting Tedx talk by Laura Fredrickson.  (13 minutes)

A story of how the pursuit of net worth led to remarkable and tragic consequences but ultimately personal enlightenment.

Perhaps I have contemplated too much!  Thanks for visiting.

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  1. I’ve been a horoscope hater for a while but I’ve come to realize they do have some use and you’ve hit it right on the head. I’ve always thought that if you think hard enough you can make any horoscope apply to you and maybe that’s the point. That we all need to contemplate our current state once in a while and realize that someone else is probably in a similar situation as us.

    Thanks for the reminder.
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  2. What a heartbreaking story. I’m happy that she found God and was able to find peace in her life.

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    1. It wasn’t at all what I expected. Sad yes and glad she could overcome. thanks For stopping by.

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  3. Wow, not what I expected when I first started watching the video. Can’t believe they lived in such fear. I’m glad she was able to turn it around. I enjoy reading my horoscope, I don’t often but when I do i does make me stop and take stock of things in my life.
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    1. I know – bit of a twist and choices that I can’t quite understand but kudos to her for rising above. Thanks for stopping by!

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  4. I’m going to try to check out the video again now. For some reason it errored out the first time I tried to watch it. You make a good point that more money will not fix a lot of things, in fact very few, but it is easy to blame it as the root cause of any unsettledness. It doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be good financial stewards, but it does cause one to question why so many play the lottery. I’m not into horoscopes mainly because my religious background says I should not be, but I do appreciate my sign which is Libra (for balance) and I know my daughter follows hers. I think anything that causes you to stop and pause and reflect is a good thing. My new mantra is to not judge or be judgmental, therefore I think anyone who wants to follow the stars or play the lottery is doing what is important to them and I can respect that.
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      1. I am shocked at her parents choices but she did rise above. I can lose half a day getting lost in TED talks.

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  5. I think because I am working on paying off my debt, I do tend to think that money would make me happier. I know that if I had more money to put towards my debts, I would be getting out of debt much faster than I am now. My thoughts usually center around how to make more money and how to save more money with the pay off in mind.

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    1. Great aims and you understand where you money is going and why you need it — not just wanted more money for the sake of having more money. Good luck on you debt repayment!

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  6. I can’t remember the last time I read my horoscope. I have always been skeptical about them but you’re right – they are excellent for making us stop and think for a moment about how life is going.

    It’s good to reflect on what kind of lives we’d lead if we only had more money. I think at the moment, more money would lead to more security and happiness for my family but if we had that, I wonder what we’d be striving for next. Interesting question and I guess the bottom line is to figure out what happiness means to each of us and grab hold of it when we’ve found it. Thanks for the video link, will check it out now.
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    1. Jonathan Cainer’s horoscopes are great. Thanks for visiting.

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    1. Yes I wonder if maximum happiness is found somewhere on the subtle line between needs and wants ?

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  7. I’d never thought of horoscopes in that light, but it’s a nice way to think of them.

    I really have no idea what I think would be different… not much really. Which I guess is kind of a good thing.
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    1. Thanks for hosting the blog hop. Maybe I will see if I can host in a few weeks.

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