Today I'm going to write about something which is not considered a polite topic of conversation. Something both public and deeply personal. Money.
There is such little romance in it. This is not an article about dreams, or joy, or choices. It's probably not something that will make you feel open or calm. However, I believe money is the key to personal freedom.
It is said that the majority of people do not have any personal savings for retirement. It is true that we are lucky to live in a country whereby our government will give financial assistance, but this is hardly a preferable option. And yet, personal plans have not been made. This needs to change.
Not only for yourself but for the benefit of your friends, family and society, financial independence is a fantastic goal to have. Removing, or at lease diminishing, the possibility of relying on others will assist in maintaining positive relationships with your nearest and dearest. Furthermore, the personal relief gained from knowing that you have constructed your own safety net is immense. For these reasons, thinking about money is an integral part of living a fully mindful and truly inspired life.
So how do you begin? It's simple. Pick up a pen and some paper. Write down how you feel about money. Write down how much you have, how much you'd like to have, and what those amounts mean to you. Write down a promise to yourself to put away a small, manageable amount of money each week (or month). Sign it. Shake your own hand and pat yourself on the back. Begin.