The Unstrapped Life: The Wrong Ways, and the Right Way, to Think About Money

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Money is emotionally weighty for us. Most people don’t talk about money much, but when they do, they almost always feel something.

Guilt. Shame. Embarrassment. Pride. Joy. Longing. Contentment. Discontentment.

This is actually pretty understandable. Most people work to “make a living.” That means we take the most valuable commodity we have – time – and instead of spending it on ourselves, our family, or our friends and hobbies, we give it away to “the man” and he compensates us financially for it.

Most people trade life for money.

As a result, we wind up thinking about money in two extreme ways.

On the one hand, money becomes a god. It’s everything to us. And it wrecks us emotionally.

On the other hand, we’ll talk as though money is nothing. And in our attempt to convince ourselves and others that we’re not letting money be our god, we deny that there is a purpose and usefulness for money.

There’s a third way, and I wrote about it in a blog post about it over at The Unstrapped Life and I wanted to pass it along.