But isn’t it wrong to love your money?
What’s wrong is loving money itself beyond anything else, and sacrificing all of aspects of your life in the endless and obsessive pursuit of money.
Money is a tool that can be used to do wonderful things. Money provides food and shelter for you and your family; it can help others in huge ways.
As you know, the list of what money provides is endless, but financial security is one of the biggest and most important so you can live with peace and joy.
So, it’s not the money we love; that would be crazy since money is just paper and metal. What we really love is what money can do in our lives when we use it smartly and deliberately.
And we love the financial security that having money provides.
What do we do with the other things we love in our lives? Think of your family and friends, and the answers will easily come. Also, think of your hobbies and passionate pursuits that keep you in love with life itself:
We give attention to what we love. We always make sure to just pay attention so we can help whatever we love grow, whether that is our children, grandchildren, bodies, careers, or golf game.
We take care of what we love. Taking care of something means taking the necessary steps so that what we love can be nurtured and expand.
We spend time on what we love. We always make time in our busy schedules for those special people and passions we really love.
We are committed to the people and things we love. Even when times get tough, or we make mistakes, we stick with it and find a way to make it work.
We appreciate what we love. We simply feel gratitude for what we love, and that makes it all the better.
Let’s let go of that weird stigma around money and let it be okay to care for our money and not feel icky or greedy. Let’s put into practice some of those habits we apply to other things we love in our lives around money, such as time, gratitude and even passion. After all, is financial security icky or greedy?
Look at each of the habits listed above and ask yourself if you are doing this for your money. Then take action where action is needed to gain the financial security you want. For example, make a date for taking care of your money. Schedule time for seeing if you have positive cash flow, how you can increase your income, or really and truly evaluating the results in your retirement account.
Financial security is simply not a given; it’s earned by the actions we do or do not take.
Let’s declare that it is okay to love your money this month and take action to do it!