Many of us grew up being indoctrinated with the “truths” about money, such as: 

-Money is hard to come by. 

-Rich people are bad or greedy. 

-Nothing good comes from money. 

-I don’t deserve money. 

-I will never have any money. 

 

As we matured, our thoughts about it seemed to change. We realized we could have money if we got a job and worked hard. We got to know some “rich” people and found them to be neither selfish nor greedy. Hopefully, we updated our beliefs about money and adopted our own beliefs. But on the whole, there is still much to learn about our perspective of money. 

 

I challenge you to make room for the possibility that you can have all the money you desire and that it’s okay to want it. You are not being selfish or unrealistic to want money, think you deserve it, or that it is possible to have it. 

 

Think about this: desiring money is not being greedy because money has no intrinsic value except what you can do with it. It’s nothing more than a form of exchange - a tool for bartering. 

 

Money can be exchanged for clothes, a home, food, and other tangible things, but it can also buy you time, relaxation, and pleasure. It can improve your quality of life by removing stress. (I am thinking of all those household chores you could hire someone to do!) 

Money can help others. It’s not just the wealthy philanthropist that donates funds to worthwhile causes. Everyday people with modest incomes step forward to help others in need. Just think about the good you could do in your own community if you donated funds to a worthwhile non-profit. Think about the difference you’d make in the lives of other people. 

 

Each of us is worthy of money, not just for ourselves, but for what we can accomplish with it and how it can benefit others. Instead of thinking of money as a limited resource, what if we think of it as a vibrant, flowing energy, which is passed around from person to person to accomplish good? Having it wouldn’t be selfish or greedy because we’d use it and pass it along to others. 

 

The world would be a better place if we all adopted these perspectives about money: 

-Money is just a method of exchange. 

-Money is good. 

 

-I am worthy of money. 

-I can have the money I desire. 

-Money flows. The more it’s used, the more good it can do. 

-Money can make a positive impact in the lives of others. 

 

Start to think of money as a living entity that serves a useful purpose in society. Treat it as such and your life and the lives of those around you will change for the better. 

Want to experience monumental personal growth without years on the therapist’s couch? Then spend quiet time each day reflecting on your daily interactions with others in the third person.

Pretend you’re a fly on the wall or an unbiased observer. How did that recent interaction with your family member or co-worker go? If it wasn’t the way you’d like, then it’s time for a third-party observation.

  • Were your words sincere and kind or marred with sarcasm or guilt? Could there have been a better way to get your point across?
  • How were your listening skills? Did you interrupt the other person before they finished their explanation? Or did you listen intently, putting yourself in their shoes before preparing a response?
  • What could you have done differently? What words would have been better left unsaid? How could you have been more loving and understanding?

The answers to these questions will give you guidance to use in future interactions so you can build an atmosphere of trust with this person versus feelings of disgust, ambivalence or hate.

You see, the power of positive relationships is within each of us already. We just need to tap into our third person persona and observe how it all takes place.  Then, accept our shortcomings as well as the other person’s and try again next time.

This is how we learn and grow. This is how we evolve. All that’s required is our best.

This is how God designed our lives as human beings.

This is yet another example of how we are all connected.

Big life changes are often prompted by a “burning desire.” You see, we humans often require a virtual kick in the head to get us going on our path. This path or journey as it’s sometimes called, is necessary so we can learn and grow as part of the human experience.

 

But what exactly is a burning desire and what does it look like?

 

First of all, a burning desire is that thing that ignites you, puts a fire in your soul, gets you off your butt, and causes you to start taking concerted action in your life to improve it. This could be looking in the mirror and seeing an overweight and out of shape body and saying to yourself, “It’s time to do something about it.” It could be waking up drunk again, amidst your own vomit, resulting in a job loss or your spouse leaving. It might be shooting up to get high while you live under a bridge, homeless and broke.

 

In other words, it is your rock bottom. Rock bottom looks different to everyone, so it’s best not to judge just when/if someone else will hit their rock bottom. The key is being aware that you have hit yours and taking that burning desire within you to do something about it. Using that energy to push yourself forward, to push through the pain, to push through the disappointments, whatever it takes – to get your life going in a better direction!

 

We have all seen examples of this type of burning desire and what it does to the life of the person affected.

 

But another way to ignite a burning desire is less known. This way is with the influence of another person. Sometimes we meet someone special, such as a soul mate, and we are driven to do things we would not ordinarily do. Wild things. Crazy things. Certifiable crazy things. Yep, that is what a burning desire lit by the passion of another being can do!

 

Others won’t understand. They will be perplexed. They will wonder: how can that person leave their spouse, quit their ‘good’ job, move, or sell their home? They don’t understand why a person will do whatever is necessary, regardless of cost or difficulty, and even the perception of others.

 

What has occurred is someone is experiencing a “burning desire” lit by passion.

 

Why is it important to understand these phenomenon? Simply put, it is for your own growth and understanding.  You will undoubtedly know when you hit your personal rock bottom, but you might not be aware of the affect another could have on you to spur or light a burning desire within you. You also might not be aware that you could be the spark lighting another person’s burning desire.

 

So be aware, keep your light shining. Serve as an example for others. Take the high road. Do your best. Others are watching. Others are learning. For one of them, you might just be the light which ignites their burning desire!

None of us want to encounter bumpy roads, but that is when we grow. That’s where we develop faith. That’s when the Divine teaches us important lessons.

 

Learn to appreciate the bumpy roads, for they shape you into the person He wants you to become.

 

Without the bumpy roads, you won’t understand God’s grace. You won’t treasure your loved ones deeply. You won’t appreciate God’s abundance. You aren’t thankful for your good health.

 

See how God uses bumpy roads to teach you lessons? Remember this the next time you encounter bumpy roads.

 

We all have times of trouble. It’s how we respond to them that makes all the difference.

 

Do we lash out at others in blame? Do we try to solve the issue or cave into the new demands? Do we treat the affected parties with kindness and grace? Do we accept our part in the situation? Do we use this unfortunate incident to learn and grow?

 

How we respond to troubled times is a reflection of our own growth, a measure of our integrity and strength. It is a reflection of who we are as a person.

 

A wise person uses their times of trouble as a steppingstone to a more evolved life.

 

How do you handle troubled times? Is your reaction in the best interest of yourself and others?

 

Think about this the next time you experience troubled times.

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