The secret to happiness and fulfillment is knowing roles.
Don't you notice that while you might get irritated with someone or something, it might just be perfectly cool with someone else?
A girlfriend who didn't get roses from her boyfriend last Valentine's Day may have considered breaking up with him. On the other hand, another girl wasn't so excited to collect her hundreds of flowers because she knew how costly they were that day.
Perhaps Girl A sees flowers as the supreme symbol of romantic love, as it was their first Valentine's Day together, while Girl B hasn't given that "role" to flowers in the way she receives love signals from her boyfriend. This is not an essay on how tough it is to satisfy ladies, but one that explores how important it is to consider the positions that we attach to things and also to people around us.
Money is the world's most misunderstood asset. We attribute various feelings and responsibilities to money in our lives, consciously or unknowingly.
So I ask you.
"What's the role of money in your life?"
It's important to know the role that money plays in our lives. This is the way we can handle our aspirations. I like the capital in the air we breathe. Without it, we can't exist. Yet we can't survive on that, because there's so much more to survive on. It's got to come from a decent place, and no matter how many we get, if it's dirty, it doesn't make us happy and can potentially do us damage.
Often we take it for granted, so if it's gone, we scramble like nuts to have it and without it, we can't do something. We've got to take care of the stuff surrounding it to get a great source of it.
There's got to be a balance in the attachment/detachment we have with the capital. And I suppose the only way to do this is to accept it a blessing from God. We are the stewards of the gift. We may have been gifted and we can do a wonderful deal about it. Once we can't take care of it, it'll be gone.
No matter what we think about the measure of achievement, money is the most commonly appropriate and quantifiable measure we use to determine if we are doing anything effectively. (But don't ignore the analogy of the risky capital poisoned above.)
In comparison, any progress in other facets of life can be quickly undermined or diverted if our financial affairs are in a mess. Money is an enabler. It's an exaggerator. On the other hand, if you are a good person, you will be able to expand your goodness ever further. In truth, the very heart of my activism to educate children about money lies in this encouraging position.
So let's get the money to speak to the ground, the fundamental unit of society — the family. Let's learn about cash in a safe environment. Discuss with your family members appreciate your wealth and the role that money plays in your life right now.