31 Jan Money Doesn’t Buy Anything Important
Money Doesn’t Buy Anything Important
I had a wonderful comment about a recent post from my soul-colleague Marissa. Last week, when I wrote, “Money doesn’t buy anything important,” Marissa questioned me:
….Having a beautiful house to live in and a kitchen to cook in is important. Healthy high quality food to eat is important. Medicine for sick bodies is important. Living in a place you feel comfortable and safe and have access to community who is healthy for you and conducive to your growth is important. Those are all things to buy that are very, very important… I can’t see how I would possibly get them without money!…
I love when people question me!
What Is Important?
Much of what Marissa values, I value too. Beauty is vital to me. It’s important to me too to live in safety and comfort. I also find personal growth essential, although I don’t find it in community. Medicine is not important to me but health is.
What Makes Important Things Important?
Whatever we value is important. Notice that some of what Marissa values, I value. Some of what I want is different. It’s vital to know what values you are using money to satisfy, because
It’s entirely possible to spend lots of money and not get what you actually value. This has happened to me more times than I can remember.
It’s entirely possible to spend no money to get what you value most. This is more and more what is happening to me now.
It’s also possible that what you value is obtained by refusing to exchange it for money. This is also happening to me a lot lately, because what I find I value is the spaciousness of being that comes with having my time to myself.
What Are Some of the Many Ways We Can Get What’s Important to Us?
Regardless of where you find yourself with respect to these possibilities, it’s simply important to understand that money doesn’t buy anything important. We use it to buy what we value, but we could use all kinds of exchanges:
- organizing as a group to get something
- changing the way we live and our limitations on what is possible
- asking for them from people we believe could give them
- what other ideas do you have?
It is fine to use money to get what we value. But in order to be empowered with money, it’s first important to know what we value. Then we are not driven by the money. We are driven by what we value to get it.