This article is shared by Max DeJong
Money itself has no power or advantages whatsoever. It is the commonly agreed upon illusion that it represents value, therefore it was given power and we all agreed to sustain its status. Logic declares that one piece of green paper of the same substance cannot outweigh the value of another piece of the same type of paper just because they printed another value on it. It must therefore be agreed that one piece of paper has more value than the other one, hence the illusion.
Nonetheless because it has been so commonly agreed, we have to cope with it in order to sustain our economic life, for this world is based on this illusion and we have agreed to be part of it.
Now, how do we get along with it?
We might recognize the allegory of money as to water. Just like water it needs to flow. Dead water is a potential pool of illness and so is money. It needs to circulate and that means we have to spend it wisely in order to receive more. It means doing prudent investments with the intention to let it grow (make a profit). Money behaves similar to a living organism and is therefore meant to grow and develop to a point that it has matured and than to be released.
Now it’s all a matter of balance and comes down to these simple rules:
Rule-1: Money has to flow in order to stay alive and grow
Rule-2: Never spend more than you have
Rule-3: Always dare to spend it when there is a potential to receive more
Now the last rule is the tricky one. we must have a solid knowledge for the things being offered to spend or invest. This cannot be outlined by anyone for it depends on the person himself to decide whether it looks profitable or not. But be prepared to do so when the opportunity arises based on sound investigations and not based on greed.
It’s not money that is evil, but like many other things it’s determined by the use of it. Do remember that although money is our means to survive, it is still only a part of our true Net Worth. There is much more to accomplish than just a solid bank account.
“Happiness is not in the mere possession of money;
it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort.”
– Franklin D. Roosevelt
So balance your life by making a healthy use of the concept of money. Spend no more than you have and dare to spend it when there is a sound opportunity to make more. And although it is wise to accumulate an amount as a cushion to fall back on (e.g. a savings account), keep in mind that money has to flow in order to be useful and to multiply.
Never look at money as your main goal in life. It was created for the same purpose that we have agreed to enter this life form: “To learn, to enjoy and to share”.
So never forget that money is just a tool, sometimes invaluable to establish our goals, but still a tool, and it should never been given the power to rule or ruin our lives, which was so eloquently put by Ralph Waldo Emerson, when he said:
“Money often costs too much!”
Max DeJong, author of “THEN – The Oracle”