What Would You Do If You Didn’t Have to Worry About Money?
I had my bi-weekly visit with my acupuncturist yesterday. She has been a big part of my healing journey and I have shared a lot of stories with her, and we have talked a lot about what it takes to truly heal ourselves. We share the belief that stress has a lot of impact on the body, and that removing the stress allows the body to come back to its natural state and allow the innate healing abilities of the body to kick in.
Through my healing journey, I have become an entirely different person than I was before my dis-ease diagnosis. I have learned a lot about myself and I have been doing a lot of work healing from the inside out. For the most part, I have learned to love and accept myself with all my imperfections, and I have learned to love and accept others for their beauty which includes their imperfections. I have found a great deal of pleasure in helping others through whatever types of physical or emotional healing that they are undertaking. I am happy and it feels so good to share a conversation with someone where you just know you’ve made a difference for them.
My acupuncturist has been on a good part of this journey with me, but yesterday she sensed something different in our conversation. I shared with her how things have continued to improve, but how I had had a few days where my body was exhibiting a bit more pain and discomfort than it had been the prior few weeks. She went through the usual questions about diet, medications, etc. and all was pretty much the same. Then she asked me if there was anything going on that was different, and I instantly answered that I was stressing out quite a bit of late about money. She smirked and commented that I was still living in fear mode. Thanks doc, for shining the light. Aarrgghhh.
Yup, I’m on my way. I’ve almost got it figured out … except for the money part. I want to help people so much, I see little things that I can do to make a small difference, and big things that I can do to make a big difference. But I can’t figure out how to support a family and live the life I’ve envisioned if I’m unable to translate that into dollars and cents. The good news is that I own an IT consulting company, and that has the capability of providing me with a decent income when it is firing on all cylinders. The bad news is that it’s not firing on all cylinders right now. So now I’ve got two “lessons” staring me in the face to help me learn to deal with this fear.
Money seems to represent my biggest fear of all. It represents an establishment of self-worth. It represents a reminder of what happens if I don’t succeed at whatever I undertake. It’s little green dollar signs dancing in visions above my head, just out of reach. Man, if I didn’t have to worry about money, I would be able to accomplish so much. If I didn’t have to worry about money, I could make such a difference in the world.
Is any of this sounding familiar?
I am part of the system that is controlled by money. And yet my beliefs are all about how we could make great changes if we lived our lives soul-fully and completely, as part of a healthy community, where we all played our part and looked out for each other, without any niggling worries about money, and without any judgments or comparisons to others as a result of net worth.
Money is a funny thing. It is a part of the system in which we live. And yet we do so many things in the name of money, even if we don’t believe in what we’re doing. Some people have jobs that are “sucking the life right out of them” but they won’t or can’t change because of the fear of not having the associated pay cheque. Many companies are run for the sole purpose of making money for shareholders, upper management and owners. I have no problem with companies making money, but many decisions get made solely for profit with no regard whatsoever for any negative impact of the decision.
At least for now, money seems to control a lot of our lives. And like I admitted above, it is having a big impact on how I choose to live mine.
I’ve often asked myself what my world would look like if I didn’t have to worry about money. I’m not the type that would sit around and do nothing, that’s not in my nature. What is in my nature is to help people. No wait, it’s not just to help people, it’s to help people help themselves.
So what would a year in this life look like?
I would be an educator. I would help people learn to ask questions and get answers from within themselves. I would help them remember that they are the Captain and Commander of their own lives, with the ability to make choices that guided them into a happier, healthier life. They wouldn’t rely on the “answers” that they were being fed by media and others, they would learn to look at things as they applied to their particular situation and they would learn to choose what works for them.
I would help people learn to recognize limiting beliefs that are preventing them from living the life that they imagined. I even see myself on stage, dressed as the Superhero “The Illuminator”, dressed in multiple layers of clothing that I took off as I told the story of shining a light on fears and shedding one limiting belief after the other. And the session would end in gales of laughter, because that truly is one of the best healers of all. (please, no comments about what you saw as there were gales of laughter after all these layers of clothing had been shed, it’s not what you think).
I would be part of a community of educators. The act of many people coming together would strengthen the reach of the community. We would share stories about the parts of the system that are broken because they are acting strictly in the interests of money and not in the interests of the people that they are serving. And together we would fix them. Together we would improve the food supply system that is contributing to so much illness and dis-ease, not to mention the impact it is having on nature itself. We would also make great strides in healing the healthcare system; we would put the care back in health care as it would be focused on keeping people well as opposed to treating them after they got sick. We would see a dramatic reduction in I-llness and a dramatic increase in WE-llness, as the “I” becomes the “WE”.
I am a strong believer that there is a healthier, happier world right around the corner. And I could make a very big difference in one short year.
AS CAN YOU!
I’m working through my biggest fear. And it’s probably the biggest lesson of all for me. I don’t have all the answers yet. I may find that in the end it wasn’t about the money after all. Maybe that’s just a belief system and a limiting belief that I have to shed. Stay tuned.
How would you live your life differently if you didn’t have to worry about the money?
I’d love to hear your thoughts in the Comments section below.
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