For the Love of Money…

This morning…as I was speculating…and…bemoaning…about…how much money it was going to take for the month of December…Bertha…reminded me…that…it’s okay…to…love money…and…to even appreciate…that…my expenses…will approximately double for the month…

Huh…I can…kind of…sort of…understand about loving money…but…I’m not sure I get…appreciating twice as much of it leaving my wallet over the next few weeks…

Of course…she is happy to explain…

Seems as though…every time I spend money…several people are blessed…beginning with me…

I’m blessed to have the goods and services that are provided for me in exchange for the dollars I expend…I’m blessed to have good quality food to eat…a reliable car to drive…a warm house to call home…internet…phone…cable service…and…all the things that I generally spend money for each month…

I’m also blessed that…I have friends and family…whom I love…and want to share gifts with…it blesses me…to see their faces as they open the packages on Christmas…blesses me…to know they are pleased…and know that they are loved…

It blesses me…to be able to prepare tasty meals…meals that bring back treasured memories…and to share them with others…

And…my blessings continue to grow…but…she is also reminding me…of the blessings that others reap…with every dollar I spend…someone has a job…because…people like me…buy that product or service…my nephew and his wife work for the power company…when I pay my bill…I contribute to their livelihood as well…

For every toy or book or bauble I buy…someone…made it…wrote it…packaged it…delivered it…many…many…hands touched it…and will be blessed by my purchase…

And…although…her words…don’t stretch my budget…they do make it a bit easier…to love the money that I have…to appreciate how much I will be spending…and…to make this a blessed season…for many people…especially…me…

Jane

Be Brave…Heart

I have a ring…it is a wide silver band…inscribed…love life…and…on the inside…be brave…my daughter gave it to me a few years ago…she bought one for both of us…

This morning…as I look at my hand…Bertha…is reminding me…to love my life…to live my truth…and…to be brave enough to do that…every moment of every day…

She says…that it takes bravery…to love my life…when it doesn’t seem to be perfect…because…it is so easy to focus on the imperfections…but…to step out of my comfort zone…and…appreciate all the things that I love about it…takes a certain kind of courage…

She also reminds me…that the only way…I can…love life…is to…live my truth…and…we all know…that isn’t always easy…it takes a lot of courage…to stand in front of the world…as…exactly who I am…and…I have to admit…some days…I don’t have it…I cave…I go with the flow…I hold my tongue…when it shouldn’t be held…by not expressing my needs…my truth…

But…today…I have on the ring…today…Bertha…says…I can…love life…I can…be brave…and she will help me…

Jane