Tuesday, June 22, 2010

The Root Of All Evil Is NOT Money!

If you work at something long enough you expect to have some kind of success. Somewhere along the line even if it is small successes. Hard work usually equals success. Right? Well, not always. We can work and work and then the economy goes downhill. Politics start effecting all facets of our lives. The political arena will often cause the financial downfall of it's citizens. Which I see happening presently. You have to change the way you think and live. You have to become independent, self-sufficient, self-reliant. I am not saying this to scare you but it is important to provide for yourself. Not depend on others to do it for you.

Even working a job is depending on someone else. Now if you have a business of your own that is fine, but you cannot have all your eggs in one basket. Have several different ways to bring money in. That way if one goes down the others are still there. That is what I refer to as "many streams of income". And that is what we all want. Sometimes one stream has a slow season and maybe two of the others are so-so, but another one is really streaming! Makes up for the others. They all go through these times.

Start putting aside a little bit of money. Even if it is only $5.00 a week, a month or whatever you can. Put it in a savings account or your paypal account or even in an envelope in your dresser drawer. Put it away regularly and do not touch it no matter what. And if you do touch it, replace what you took plus add more. Just see how fast you can increase it. Then you won't be wanting to touch it for any reason. I know of someone who puts any five dollar bill she gets in change away. She saves all the five dollar bills and won't spend them. It adds up pretty quickly. I knew someone who used to put all change in a jar and he'd use vending machines at his job and would purposely use bills and not the change so he could add the change to his change jar. There are many creative ways to save money. Try some of you own!

My plan is to not live cheaply, frugally or tightfisted the rest of my life. I want to enjoy life. I want to do what I want, when I want, and how I want. What is wrong with that? I am not going to say that I do not like money. I do. I have lived with it and without it. It is much nicer to have it. And to say the root of all evil is money is very wrong. It is not. It is what people do to get that money or what they do with it once they get it that makes it evil.

According to Wikipedia:

Root of all evil is a figure of speech denoting something that causes all wickedness or suffering. By extension, it may be applied to any cause of serious problems. The phrase derives from a saying attributed to Jesus in the Apostle Paul's First Epistle to Timothy in the New Testament: "The love of money is the root of all evil" (1 Timothy 6:10, KJV). The expression is commonly misquoted as simply "Money is the root of all evil". A more accurate rendering from the original Greek may be: "For the love of money is a root of all sorts of evil," (New American Standard Bible). This phrase may signify:

  • Greed, the excessive love of money and other possessions.
  • Money itself, and particularly wealth.