Have you ever had one of those lightbulb moments that blow you away?

The other day, I literally threw money in the trash. Literally.

I bought a couple of items at my j.o.b. and, as I threw the trash in the dumpster on my way home, I inadvertently threw the bag with the items in the trash too. And I didn’t realize until too late.

The value wasn’t high but the value of the lesson that this led to? Priceless!

I’m in a Money Club and, on a call the following morning, I told this story and BING!!!

You can’t take it with you. 

Ever since my Dad died at 61 in 1997 after a life of investing and saving and a year after retirement, we (my birth family) all said; ‘you can’t take it with you’. Or maybe that was just my Mum and I.

Whatever, that’s the voice in my head since his death.

You can’t take it with you.

In other words, spend it all, don’t save, don’t invest, don’t HAVE money. Just let it run right through your fingers.

And I’ve done a very good job of that.

We always have enough but never more than enough.

It’s always ‘by the skin of our teeth’.

Juggling.

Robbing Peter to pay Paul.

Don’t get me wrong. I am grateful. I am wealthy compared to many.

And that has always stopped me from looking at what’s really going on.

The guilt of having more than enough, more than those that have nothing.

It’s true, I can’t take money with me to the other side.

A pile of fifty and one hundred dollar bills.

However, I can leave a legacy for my children so that their lives are more comfortable.

I can make arrangements to leave money to a cause that I love.

If I HAVE money I can help more people.

If I HAVE money I can experience all the things that I desire while I’m alive without the constant juggle.

If I HAVE money I can create even more and will HAVE money to tithe to causes.

If I HAVE money I can choose to free up more time to volunteer for things that matter to me.

So I hereby declare that I am going to HAVE money from now on. And lots of it.

I am going to build up my nest egg and through that find freedom from juggling and robbing Peter to pay Paul.

I am going to have the courage to change a pattern of 20 years in an instant.

Have you ever had one of ‘those’ sudden awarenesses around money and your relationship to it? I was always puzzled because I looked too far back into my childhood whereas this came later. How about you?

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