Money is tied to every aspect of our lives. You can barely do anything, go anywhere, or achieve any success without there being some monetary involvement. Even our relationships, education, and health are tangled up with money issues. It’s one of those things that you hate to need but need to have.
I’ve had plenty of money woes. I know what it’s like to empty every pocket and coin purse just to buy a gallon of milk or a bottle of laundry detergent. I told you the story of how we’ve had job loss and foreclosure and how we learned from our mistakes. We finally learned what money was about and how to make it behave, or really, how to make ourselves behave.
You’re not broken.
I remember sitting in our tiny apartment, early in our marriage, feeling sorry for myself. We were barely getting by. We had no money for food. My husband was trying to work and go to school, we had a baby to care for and had just moved to a town where we didn’t know anyone.
I felt broke. I felt destitute and alone. I looked around my apartment and realized that I had started acting broke and destitute. I had stopped cleaning house. Laundry was piled up. Dishes were overtaking the sink. I didn’t care what I looked like or what our apartment looked like.
I realized then, that just because we didn’t have any money was no reason to act or look poor. Cleaning my house didn’t cost anything and neither did putting on nice clothes. Just because you are poor doesn’t mean you have to act poor.
What I’ve found out is, although money is necessary, it does not make or break us. People use the term “broke” to mean they are out of money. But, in truth, having no money doesn’t mean you are broken.
You are valuable.
There are so many things in our lives that make us valuable and add value to us that money cannot buy.
You can’t buy self-respect. You have to start by first valuing yourself. You are here for a reason. You have purpose. You are needed. You’re worth the time and investment.
You can’t buy manners. Acting classy has nothing to do with the amount of money you have in the bank. Behave well. Speak well. Be kind and courteous.
You can’t buy integrity. Honesty is valued among people more than any other asset. When you can be trusted with words, feelings, and expectations, then you will be trusted with money. Never let down on your integrity. It affects everything else.
You can’t buy love. You cannot put a monetary value on the relationships you have with people. If your relationships are based entirely on money, you are very poor. We need people to lift us up, encourage us, and cheer for us. You need to be that support for others too. You can add value to someone’s life just by being an encouragement to them.
The next time you are having money issues or are feeling poor, think of how many valuable things you have in your life that you can’t buy with money. Then you will see how rich you really are. And you’ll find that you have plenty to share with people around you.
You aren’t wealthy until you have something money can’t buy. – Garth Brooks
What brings the most value to your life? How can you increase the value of your life? How can you share your values with others? Share with me in the comments.