Stacks of coins
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I just read the new post on Joe Vitale’s blog, How Much Money is Bad?. It’s about money and people’s limiting beliefs about money. It really got me thinking.

I realized, that money is just a tool, like a screwdriver. It is no more and no less. It reminded me of Ebenezer Scrooge in Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. In fact the specific version that came to mind is from Disney’s version, not the new one that was just released, but the classic version that I grew up with. Burned in my mind, is the image of Scrooge counting his money, literally surrounded by stacks of gold coins. He hoarded his money, like a squirrel storing nuts for the winter. But unlike the squirrel, Scrooge never used any of the money to do anything. It occurs to me, that this is the equivalent of filling room after room after room with every type and size and description of screwdriver, but never using any of them to drive a screw, or do anything else.

When we talk about this in terms of screwdrivers, it seems utterly absurd. On the other hand, we talk about it in terms of money, it seems like a good idea. But don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying I think saving is a bad idea. What I am saying is that I think if we want financial abundance in our lives, we need to be focused on what we really want, not the screwdriver, but the thing that we make with it. Likewise we need to focus on what it is that we desire to do with our money. This could be anything, a new home for family, amazing works of philanthropy that make a difference in the world, helping to make someone’s dream come true or maybe just creating amazing experiences for ourselves. Whatever it is, I think the it’s incredibly important to be focused on that, rather than on many coins we have in our bank account.

I feel in my heart that doing this will make all the difference. So I’ll leave you with this thought, in the words of Tiny Tim: “God bless us, every one.”

  • I love Dickens Christmas Carol. There are so many lessons to be learn there. Sometimes I get feeling sorry for myself but then realize there are people much worse off that I am.

    We just had a family in our area who lost a daughter to illness a couple of weeks ago and two days ago, their house caught on fire and they lost everything. When it rains it pours.

    In the paper last night, it was mentioned how generous people had been in helping this family out. I believe folks are basically good and are always looking for an opportunity to do good.

    I had a fire several years ago and know how it feels…. this family certainly gets my help.

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      Kathy – I’m also a lover of Dickens Christmas Carol. When I was in high school and college I had several opportunities to perform extended excerpts in something like the dramatic readings that Dickens himself gave. It was very exciting, and the text speaks very well.

      My heart goes out to the family in your area. Two terrible blows like that in such a short time – it hurts to even think about. I’m so glad that there’s an outpouring of support for them. I wonder if there’s anything that we could do to help….

      Be well,

      Andy

  • I love Dickens Christmas Carol. There are so many lessons to be learn there. Sometimes I get feeling sorry for myself but then realize there are people much worse off that I am.

    We just had a family in our area who lost a daughter to illness a couple of weeks ago and two days ago, their house caught on fire and they lost everything. When it rains it pours.

    In the paper last night, it was mentioned how generous people had been in helping this family out. I believe folks are basically good and are always looking for an opportunity to do good.

    I had a fire several years ago and know how it feels…. this family certainly gets my help.

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      Kathy – I’m also a lover of Dickens Christmas Carol. When I was in high school and college I had several opportunities to perform extended excerpts in something like the dramatic readings that Dickens himself gave. It was very exciting, and the text speaks very well.

      My heart goes out to the family in your area. Two terrible blows like that in such a short time – it hurts to even think about. I’m so glad that there’s an outpouring of support for them. I wonder if there’s anything that we could do to help….

      Be well,

      Andy

  • Hi Andy, I also read Joe’s post. It’s cool, and so is yours! 😀

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      Thanks Claus!

  • Hi Andy, I also read Joe’s post. It’s cool, and so is yours! 😀

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      Thanks Claus!

  • Beautiful blog – congrats on being in Connie’s blog challenge! Are you using a custom theme? Love the way you have handwritten pieces in with the type faces.

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      Hi Cathy!

      Thanks for you kind words. It’s not a custom theme as such, but I’ve customized it a bit to do what I wanted. It’s version 1.0 of the Notepad Chaos theme by Evan Eckard . When I was just looking for the link, I noticed that he’s now got a 2.0 version of it out that I’m going to look into. I do like it quite a lot. The only thing I don’t love is that the main post area is only 468 pixels wide, so being as long winded as I am, that causes a lot of scrolling for my readers….

      Be Well!

      Andy

  • Beautiful blog – congrats on being in Connie’s blog challenge! Are you using a custom theme? Love the way you have handwritten pieces in with the type faces.

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      Hi Cathy!

      Thanks for you kind words. It’s not a custom theme as such, but I’ve customized it a bit to do what I wanted. It’s version 1.0 of the Notepad Chaos theme by Evan Eckard . When I was just looking for the link, I noticed that he’s now got a 2.0 version of it out that I’m going to look into. I do like it quite a lot. The only thing I don’t love is that the main post area is only 468 pixels wide, so being as long winded as I am, that causes a lot of scrolling for my readers….

      Be Well!

      Andy

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