Money worries can be all consuming, lurking in the back of your mind throughout the night, robbing you of sleep and adding stress to your already stressful life throughout the day. It’s always there, a constant pit in your stomach, reminding you of the problem. You may be afraid to open the bills or answer the phone, so you live like a prisoner, the more you try not to think about it the more worried you get.
My husband has a great analogy he reminds me of when I’m worried about money. Personal finance is like a game of Chutes and Ladders. We keep plugging along—working, saving, paying bills—moving forward on the great big game-board of life. Sometimes we land on a ladder, which gives us a boost and moves us forward in the game; a bonus, gift, tax refund, winning the lottery (haha!). But sometimes we land on a chute which sends us backwards; medical bills, car repairs, job loss, taxes, etc.
Simple Abundance 12: There is No Scarcity
When money surprises and mistakes send us backwards, it’s so easy to feel discouraged and stressed out. We can combat these feelings by realizing that, as Sarah Ban Breathnach reminds us, “abundance is our spiritual birthright…the simpler we make our lives the more abundant they become.”
When money worries overwhelm me, I try to focus on what’s good, and remind myself that right now, in the present, everything is okay. Our family is safe, healthy, warm, and loved, and really, nothing else beyond that matters.
Money is just a tool. We can be happy without it. We are worthy of abundance. There are both ladders and chutes in this money-game, and our next move may bring us to another ladder, as long as we keep stepping out there and playing full out! Expect good things to happen today.
How do you rid yourself of money worries?