Reading Time: 8 minutes In the continuation from last week, let’s discuss 3 (sometimes) ugly topics: money, spirit & relationships.
If there’s one thing that can sink ANY relationship or business, it’s finances. Financial dependency is a dangerous way to live; I’ve seen too many people destroyed by living beyond their means. I made different financial mistakes… giving my credit to others in need. I co-signed for a car a friend and allowed my ex-husband to spend frivolously—I even helped him secure a new home and credit when we split. It took me 5 years to reestablish my credit, despite not needing it to buy a home. So why bother?
It’s not a topic any of us love discussing, but I’ve worked in credit departments, and I know how easy it is to overextend debt. There’s a lot of money in keeping us in debt—your interest rate is partly determined by the risk of others. You help everyone when you’re financially stable.
As I said when this pandemic started, if you’re waiting for the government to bail you out financially, you’ll die waiting. There’s ALWAYS a price you pay for bad credit and financial insecurity.
Being a better human makes the world a better place. If you can’t control your life, finances, and emotions, you’ll never help others. It doesn’t take a lot to be The Best Partner you can, even if it’s just in friendships or in business partnerships. It doesn’t take a lot to remove your Ego and look at the foundation of what others are saying. It doesn’t take a lot to spend wisely and stop feeding the consumerism wheel.
A note I wrote about “Zen Keys” by Thich Nat Hahn: “Mindfulness is more than just attentiveness-it’s also seeing the value of ‘things’ and not wasting them.” Reduce, reduce, reduce. I’ll cover space clearing in a future edition of this series… for now, remember buying more than you need keeps you tied to a system of capitalistic dependency, does not fill the void we believe it fills, and depleted the health of our planet.