“Too many people spend money they earned..to buy things they don’t want..to impress people they don’t like.”~Will Rogers
I have been thinking about the almighty dollar all week. We eat our brains out and then get the deal of the century on a laptop and a Lexus. I won’t lie, I wanted to shop for some useless things. I resisted the urge. I had to think about what I needed. Sure it’s time for some winter socks, but what else? My family is quite large and buying for all of them is out of the question. We just love on each other and again, eat our brains out.
This brought me to the money I have spent on myself in the last couple years and where the lions share of my disposable income went. It was a pretty easy answer. I spent it on ME. Yes, I did some fun things and bought some cute boots but the majority of it was spent on my emotional and spiritual well being.
I haven’t kept track of what I spent on my emotional health because it really doesn’t matter. If I am going to invest in something, it will be my well being before anything.
I belong to several networking groups with thousands of people who do very important work. Most them are helping other people like you and me to work on our emotional life, our vocational life, and have things the way we want them. I can’t possibly think of anything more important. I am so blessed that I found one of my tribes.
What dollar amount would you put on feeling Joy? Purpose? Peace? Confidence? True love? Direction?
If you know anything about me by now, you know that I think we can have it all but we cannot do this alone. We have to do the work and invest in the other amazing humans who can help us find our true way in this world. I spent thousands of dollars on figuring out how I could be one of those people and pay my bills doing it. I had NO IDEA where to start. I just knew that I needed to be around other spiritual entrepreneurs and people who could help me move through my pain. Until I dealt with all the things that had gone “wrong” in my life, I wouldn’t get to ALL THE GOODIES. (If you know me, you also know I say Goodies all the time).
The definition of Investment : noun, the action or process of investing money for profit or material result . What are you investing in? Is the result of that investment helping you raise your vibration and be the best you can be, or is just the new fridge you wanted?
I knew if I invested into my healing, on the other side was the life I always knew was waiting for me. Turns out I was right.
The reason we were put on this Earth is not to suffer. It sure feels like it at times, but it is not the truth. The truth is we are here to heal, share and connect with others who can lift us up. We are here not to just have a job, but to have a purpose in our work.
I spent 40 years thinking that suffering was how I got the things I needed and wanted. If I wasn’t exhausted and disappointed then what did I have to show for my efforts?I am in awe that I lived like that for so long.
I still have feelings of despair at times, but I know that I have so many things that I wanted because I put my money and time into my growth.
There were times that I spent the last penny I had on getting the help I needed. At times, it felt like I was giving up things to do these entrepreneurial or spiritual groups. In hindsight, I gave up nothing.
I am still realizing the rewards of investing in ME.
Where are you investing?