- People with money are……..
- Money makes people…….
- I’d have more money if……
- My dad thought money was…..
- My mom always thought money would…..
- In my family, money caused…..
- Money equals…..
- If I had money, I’d…..
- If I could afford it, I’d…..
- If I had some money, I’d…..
- I’m afraid that if I had money I would…..
- Money is…..
- Money causes…..
- Having money is not…..
- In order to have more money, I’d need to…..
- When I have money, I usually…..
- I think money…..
- If I weren’t so cheap I’d…..
- People think money…..
- Being broke tells me…..
We had a lively discussion about some of these questions. Money is a touchy subject for most people. It is one of those topics that we don’t talk about in polite conversation, or at best we dance around the topic. It’s personal and revealing and we feel uncomfortable. The discussion went from talking about money equaling success to wants vs. needs to the education system to our cultural issues with money and consumerism. Believe me, there is a lot of conversation to be had when you bring up money!
The other part of the chapter was about luxury and pampering and treating yourself. Why do we deny ourselves? Guilt was the big part of that answer. Especially for those who struggle with the money side of things. It is hard to do something nice for yourself if you are worrying about paying for the bare necessities. But even for those without such worries, it is difficult to do nice things for yourself without the attached guilt!
Julia offers up examples and ideas of simple things to do to treat yourself. Buying your favorite fruit (in and out of season) and enjoying it; picking up pretty rocks that appeal to you; picking flowers from your garden; baking your favorite pie. Easy things to do and they can truly make you feel like you are putting yourself first for a change. You don’t have to spend money to pamper yourself. It is an illusion to thing that all pampering comes by way of $300 shoes or a $100 massage. What can you do to pamper yourself and allow yourself to enjoy?
Chapter 7 is Recovering a Sense of Connection. Our next book club meeting is July 26th. See you then!
We turn this week to the practice of right attitudes for creativity. The emphasis is on your receptive as well as active skills. The essays, exercises, and tasks aim at excavating areas of genuine creative interest as you connect with your personal dreams.
How is your journey towards your creative self coming along? Be sure to check in with your goals that you set way back in week 1 about where you want to go. Have your ideas about what you wanted changed? Have you made progress towards those goals? Are you doing your morning pages and your artist date? Are you doing the tasks and exercises? Are you learning anything?
Please share your journey with me. I’d love to hear your thoughts.