“In the grip of money, those wonderful qualities of soul seem to be less available. We become smaller. We scramble or race to “get what’s ours.” We often grow selfish, greedy, petty, fearful, or controlling, or sometimes confused, conflicted, or guilty. We see ourselves as winners or losers, powerful or helpless, and we let those labels deeply define us in ways that are inaccurate, as if financial wealth and control indicate innate superiority, and lack of them suggests a lack of worth or basic human potential.”
From The Soul of Money by Lynne Twist
Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against money. It’s certainly nice to have. In many ways it makes life easier (however more doesn’t always equate to better). The issue I have, and the one that Lynne Twist illuminates in her book, is the hold we’ve allowed money to have on us. The enormous amount of power and energy we’ve given to it. The way we’ve let it take over lives, rule our decision-making, and define who we are. It’s time to put money back in it’s place—to re-frame it—for what it really is: something created to facilitate the exchange of goods and services.