In thinking about my “money mindset,” I understand that I am a miser.

I spend my intellect and caring as freely as I can, but I am tight about money, watching every penny.

You can be controlled by money if you want too much, spend too freely, try to substitute what you can purchase for what you need inside.

You can also be controlled by money if you want too little, not investing in what can bring comfort, healing and future rewards.

Unconsidered risk is bad, but so is no risk.   You can’t take money with you when you go, so using it to good purpose here makes a great deal of sense.

I have chosen a path that tends towards personal poverty for the same reason many spiritual people do, to help me keep my own ego in check.  I also know, though, that I have pushed his somewhat too far in the miserly direction, not engaging money for how it can keep people fit and moving forward.

It’s not a good idea to be money mad, trying to stuff money in to address deeper issues.   It’s also not a good idea to be mad at money, not using it to make your life and the world better.

It takes risk and resource to create the new.

Life engenders life.
Energy creates energy.
It is by spending oneself that one becomes rich.
— Sarah Bernhardt

We must live for the few who know and appreciate us,
who judge and absolve us,
and for whom we have the same affection and indulgence.
The rest I look upon as a mere crowd. . .
from whom there is nothing to be expected but fleeting emotions.
— Sarah Bernhardt

Somehow, I have to stop being such a miser.