When asked once, “How much money is enough money?” John D. Rockefeller replied, “Just a little bit more.” Money is not the root of all evil even though some would say it is. It’s our relationship with money that causes all the problems. Just like any relationship it takes time to build and it takes the wisdom of those who have gone before us to help wade through these murky waters and build a good relationship with money that will stand the test of time.
If we do not build the container of Character required to hold the energy in our resources, those same resources will destroy us. If we have enough money it may then destroy our future generations.
Advertisers would have you believe that more is better but that is a slippery slope. The reality is that this relationship is very different for everyone. There is no “one-size-fits-all” here. A wealthy relative once told me “If I told others how much money I have, some would think I’m bragging and others would think I’m complaining.” He then went on to tell me that if I had to ask how much that fancy car costs I couldn’t afford it! That’s pretty good advice. It’s easy to develop Champagne tastes on a beer budget in this culture. We work so desperately making money that we really don’t need to buy things we won’t use to impress people we don’t even like.
Think carefully about this relationship and how you can build it in a way that will match your values and allow you to use money to experience the things that are important to you.
Here’s a little test… You can actually teach yourself to not being controlled by money by giving some away. If you find that unusually painful then you are probably developing an unhealthy dependency on money.
Talk about this with your partner, friends or family to build the kind of relationship with money that you’ll look back on from the end of your life with a smile.
If we do not have the character required to “hold” resources, they will very likely destroy us and those closest to us.