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 present - emotional mental physicalmy 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