Wealth! Just the word freaks me out a little.
According to Wikipedia, "Wealth is the abundance of valuable resources or valuable material possessions. This includes the core meaning as held in the originating old English word weal, which is from an Indo-European word stem. An individual, community, region or country that possesses an abundance of such possessions or resources to the benefit of the common good is known as wealthy.
Sadly money rules our world and if for whatever reason you can’t manage money or if you are poor you are regarded as a lesser person and frequently with contempt. It doesn’t matter how much good you do in other areas of life, if your finances are a mess, you are Worth Less.
Many people forget about the last part of the description of the term “wealth” - for the common good.
There is so much greed and corruption in our society that for me wealth has become a negative term which it shouldn’t be.
Fifteen years ago I would have been a lot more confident about taking on this task. I knew it all. I was the Financial Director of our family business, I taught small business owners how to set up their accounting and payroll systems and I even worked as a school bursar for a year. Each month the books were balanced to the cent and I was in full control of the family and business finances.
I had a lovely home on 7 acres of beautiful land with a swimming pool, chickens and even a horse. I lived a pretty good lifestyle with my husband and two sons. We employed gardeners and maids to tend to the property and clean up after us.
I had my own share portfolio, bought and sold properties making healthy profits and organised motor vehicle financing for my various cars.
Yes, I was pretty much the expert who was thoroughly in control of her life from a financial perspective.
In my late forties my life changed forever. I got divorced, moved towns several times, got involved in unsuitable relationships, finally happily re-married and have made completely different choices about how to live my life.
I rebelled against all the sensible choices I had made earlier in my life that were outwardly good but did not feed my soul. Due to growing up in poverty I was obsessive about my children having a better financial time than I did. This is what had driven me to achieve in the past.
The pendulum had swung to the other side and at age 60, I am still finding my way back to the middle.
Although my finances are a mess I am at peace with myself as a human being. I know my values and who I am. I have the most amazing friends and family who have loved and supported me and for the first time in my life I have learned to accept help.
When money is tight it is easy to let everything go and simply hide away in shame from the humiliation and unkind comments of others.
But, I need to change my relationship with money. I have to find a way to get my life back on track financially without feeling guilty about having money while others don’t.
I need to value myself and my talents more so that I charge appropriately for my services, I need to take better care of my health and my appearance.
I have worked since the day I left school. I am educated and dedicated and my money issues are not about a lack of knowledge or laziness but are emotionally deep conflicts within myself going back to my childhood.
As with anything worthwhile in life, I need to change if I want my circumstances to change so I am looking forward to working through this course with a different perspective.
Dave, my soul mate who has taught me so much about being the person I was born to be has also battled with money issues throughout his life and we are committed to beating this bogeyman together.
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