Years ago, before everyone had cars, we had to walk over a mile to go to the major grocery store. We had shopping carts and walked with our groceries a mile or more, rain, snow or shine. Then someone got the bright idea to come to the grocery store with their car and offer a ride home for 50 cents.
Depending on how someone felt about their money vs. their self worth, they would accept or reject the offer. Some would say, “Yes, yes, a thousand times yes” and be overjoyed to get a ride home in the rain, snow or even nice weather and not have to walk and cart all the groceries home. Others would say things like, “No way or I worked too hard for this money and I’m not about to pay you 50 cents just to ride me home or No thanks, I”ll walk. So walk they did.
What they did not realize was that they had put their highest value on money and not on themselves. They did not realize that their money was simply the result of their labor and that they deserved to utilize it, especially for their convenience.
My mother put it this way. Much like the old saying, she would say; “Don’t be so penny wise and pound foolish that you refuse to use your money for your own convenience because you consider it a waste or because someone else might benefit. Don’t short change yourself when you work everyday. Paying for a ride home so you don’t have to walk over a mile, and getting help lugging the groceries in the house is not only a great convenience, but just as important, you are helping someone else make a living. Remember, other people need to make a living too.” The latter reason is a lesson I will never forget.
Spending your money then, not only provides for your needs, desires and conveniences, but it also helps someone else make a living. Just think, as you add value to yourself and give yourself permission to experience the pleasures and conveniences of life, others will also prosper. It puts a different spin on things. How neat is that?
Once I went to see my doctor. She said, ” I can prescribe either of two medicines, one is generic and the other is brand which is more expensive.” She also said “The brand will work better and faster than the generic.” I asked her how much would the brand cost. She said between $45 and $50 vs. $6-$12. I looked at her and said “Don’t you think I’m worth the $50.00?” My doctor smiled and said, “That’s a great way to look at it.”
Don’t allow the price you may have to pay to receive whatever is best or convenient for you anger or upset you and cause you to deny yourself. Consider making your decisions to spend or not to spend, based on how you value yourself and whatever is for your best interest, convenience and even safety. Again, money should not be the boss of you, you should be the boss of money. Don’t you think you’re worth it? I do. Look for Part III coming next.