I was wondering what the best advice I could offer about money would be. And this is what I came up with:
There are some good feelings that come from having money. I feel secure when I have money. I imagine myself being free when I have money. I feel like money gives me choices that I don’t feel I have when I don’t have money.
And the truth is, I don’t actually feel the need to spend a lot of money to enjoy my life. I’m pretty happy living out our simple life. But I do like to have money to know if there is something I need, I have the freedom to get it. I do like having money knowing that I have some security if hard times hit.
It’s funny: what I most like about the money is the freedom it offers, even if I don’t use that freedom all that often. It’s a little bit like where I live in Colorado; We live right here by the foothills of the Rockies, and while we don’t go up every weekend, knowing it’s there to be enjoyed when I want to go there goes a long way in helping me enjoy where I live.
So here’s my advice: have enough money that you feel freedom in your life, but live simply in a way that’s rich in relationship. Spend the money as best you know how on the things that really augment the quality of your life.
Remember, there’s no way to do this perfectly. The money will come and it will go. Sometimes you’ll have more, other times less. Sometimes a lack of money will scare you, and other times having excess money will excite you. But overall, remember that money gives you freedoms that—when you have them—you can choose to enjoy in thoughtful ways…and when you don’t have those freedoms, then lean on that simple life rich in relationship that you’ve built for yourself.