Time and Money: Step One
I am present.
Children will not remember you for the material things you provided but for the feeling that you cherished them. ~ Richard Evans
Time and money are both manmade systems that reflect how I “spend” my life. They represent my attitude about having enough in life. Sadly, I often feel I will not have enough of either. Growing up and throughout my adult life, I have looked at money as the key to security. If I was financially stable, if I had enough retirement money, if my projection for the future looked like a no-fail proposition, then I could feel at peace financially.
As for time, I have a need to “do it all,” which often results in my overloading my calendar and sometimes questioning the number of commitments I have made. Like money, I am preoccupied with using my time wisely. I want to fill my life with meaningful experiences.
Those negative core beliefs that I have wrestled with over the years would still be a big part of my daily struggles had I not realized their source. These were my core beliefs before I found my way to The Way:
- I’ll never have enough time or money because I am unworthy.
- An abundance of money and time will always elude me.
Because money and time tend to be overly serious topics for me, I decided to lighten the mode with a little humor:
It is possible to live in San Francisco for $35,000 a year. Obviously, that doesn’t include food or lodging. ~ Kenn Carlson
France is the only country where the money falls apart and you can’t tear the toilet paper. ~Billy Wilder
When my wife was asked, “Do you take this man for richer or poorer . . .” she answered, “For richer.” ~ Anonymous
How do I relate to time and money? What beliefs do I have about time and money? How do my core beliefs affect how I deal with time and money?
You want to make God laugh? Tell him your future plans. ~Woody Allen