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.
“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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