Stumbling Towards Sufficiency
A few years ago a mentor recommended a book called “The Soul of Money: Reclaiming the Wealth of Our Inner Resources.”
As always when a mentor recommended a resource, I promptly went out and bought it.
I then (again, as always) read it. But it didn’t really resonate.
I was having struggles with money back then – struggles that looked less like an inability to balance my checkbook and more like a love triangle where the third party insisted on remaining anonymous.
I had hoped reading the book would help me discover the identity of the mysterious (and seriously pissed-off) second suitor….and the cause for my ongoing financial crises. But as it turned out, all it did was make me feel guilty for not wanting to immediately run out and give away all my money to the poor.
Such was my limited understanding back then.
A few months ago, thanks in large part to a “mystery health problem” and the several expensive diagnostic tests the doctors ordered, I found myself back in that very same love triangle once again. Why couldn’t I just get ahead and STAY there? Why must a financial crisis always arise at the precise moment when I had reassured myself (just five minutes prior) that all things green and profitable were finally right side up for good?
I remembered “The Soul of Money” at this time and went hunting in my book case for it.
In this second older and somewhat wiser reading, I was immediately struck by what author Lynne Twist calls the “three scarcity myths”: there is not enough, more is better, and that’s just the way things are.
In each of these myths, I could clearly perceive my own financial thinking hard at work affirming and proving each one. I saw how I believed these things – or at least had been living like I believed. I saw my own money hopelessness unfolding and growing, rising higher and expanding wider until it touched all other elements of my life from love to career to fun and health and faith and all the rest.
Just when I felt myself circling the financial hopelessness drain, I turned the page to find a new section entitled, “Sufficiency: The Surprising Truth.”
Here Twist claims that our soul and our finances are inextricably bound, that the latter carries the intentions of the former out into the world like a carrier pigeon charting our course. I can’t pretend to comprehend this….yet. But I do understand that underneath all of my red-highlighted financial “issues” there exists a deeper belief that money is a divine resource rather than the necessary evil I’ve long been making it out to be.
Along with the three scarcity myths Twist outlines the three sufficiency truths: money is like water, what you appreciate appreciates, and collaboration creates prosperity.
I am so eager to experience each of these three sufficiency truths in action in my life, as I at this point feel full to overflowing with experiences of their scarcity counterparts.
I haven’t experienced them yet. But I am hopeful – so hopeful – that this time, as I read and study and contemplate and reconfigure and grow, I surely will.
==> To learn more about author Lynne Twist and “The Soul of Money” click HERE
Today’s Takeaway: Where could you perhaps hope for a healthier, more uplifting and inspiring relationship with your own finances? Have you read “The Soul of Money” or another book with similar aims? What has your experience been of working with yourself to strengthen and grow all of the resources you have, including but not limited to money?
Cutts, S. (2013). Stumbling Towards Sufficiency. Psych Central. Retrieved on April 27, 2015, from http://blogs.psychcentral.com/mentoring-recovery/2013/03/stumbling-towards-sufficiency/