Last time you went to the supermarket, what was your total at the checkout? Or just off the top of your head, how much cash is in your wallet right now?
Chances are, you have no idea, simply because you don’t pay that much attention to your money – unless, of course, you have none. Then you’re all over it, watching the checkout display like a hawk and painfully aware of those last few coins in your purse!
In this way, money is like a lover. We take it for granted most of the time, pay attention to it when we need it and miss it desperately when it’s gone. It’s useful and fun when it’s around, but if it’s away for too long, we turn all kinds of dark and moody.
Whether you like it or not, you and money are in a relationship – and it’s for life – so it’s wise to nurture that relationship and treat your money just as you would a cherished lover.
If you pay attention to your partner, express gratitude and show respect, you are very likely to develop a great relationship and get some sweet love back. And so it is with money.
Today, give your money some attention. Check your receipts & balances and find out what it’s been doing lately. Show some respect and handle your cash mindfully, rather than shoving it carelessly into your purse or tossing coins into your console like they’re good for nothing. Be aware of how you speak about it to your friends. Say thank you when it does something nice for you, like buys your morning coffee. It’s the simple daily habits that can make or break a relationship. A considerate thought or a kindly gesture can solidify your relationship and reward you with the kind of love that will enrich your life and last forever.
Today, treat your money like a cherished lover and know that you will be rewarded in kind.
And while you’re at it, treat your lover like a cherished lover. You might get dinner and a foot rub.