Imagine that your neighbor knocks on your door and asks you to help him move next weekend.
Now imagine that same neighbor knocks on your door. He asks to borrow $50 to help make end meets until next payday comes.
Do those scenarios feel different to you? Are you more inclined to give your time to help them move rather than the money?
Money is strange, and it does strange things to us.
- We spend so much of our lives in pursuit of it, collecting it, thinking about it, using it.
- How much money we make can comfort us, motivate us, or terrify us. Will there be enough today? this month? in retirement?
- Money defines us. Are we poor? in the middle class? rich?
- We’re afraid our money will get lost or stolen. We want to keep our money, and we’re afraid someone will take advantage of us and use our money inappropriately.
Oh, the ways money influences our lives, thoughts, and choices.
There is only one way to lessen the power money holds over us, and that is to give it away.
- By giving it away, you acknowledge that money doesn’t belong to you. You are the temporary steward of money, and your job is to care for it and use it while you have it.
- You recognize that money is a tool used to provide for and support the things you love.
- You realize that your actions define who you are and how you use your money is an action by which you can define yourself.
Give, because giving lessens money’s power over you, and that is a great feeling to have.