He’s for personal transformation, but it’s a bitch.
What’s harder to change, habits, traits, or convictions?
Let’s start with some definitions;
Habit – a settled or regular tendency or practice, especially one that is hard to give up.
Trait -a distinguishing quality or characteristic, typically one belonging to a person.
Conviction – a firmly held belief or opinion.
I think before I even get into the above mentioned question, I have to take time and try to see if it is even possible to separate out my personal growth from the growth of my personal fortune.
This has happened before. A post starts out one way and later evolves into something else. At first I thought I would literally try to answer the above question about habits, traits, and convictions. I can feel the post trying to squirm away from me and trod off in a different direction.
Money Equals Freedom
My wife and I say it to each other every six months or so. There is so much you take for granted when you are no longer worried about money. An example; when was the last time you got gas for the car using a set amount of money instead of just filling up the tank?
Removing money from the equation of things you are constantly fretting over frees you up to live your life, enjoy other people, and pay attention to a wider spectrum of things going on in your own space.
Perhaps it is attributable to the wisdom that comes with getting older, but I have seen too many of my contemporaries unable to adjust, or even learn new tricks.
When money is a problem, it is an all consuming problem.
You can’t see past the forest because of all the trees.
Once the money monster becomes a thing to be tamed, mastered, and even exploited, then there is the opening up of an inner space, some breathing room, to see what else needs tending.
I think it is always hard to articulate a negative. I am not saying that money makes you happier, but not worrying/chasing money makes you able to realize what has been stopping you from being happy.
It ultimately comes back to affirming that FIRE consciousness is a giant positive key to unlocking a better life.
I am not done yet with this new found personal growth, I am still stuck in the latter half of the money dilemma. By that I mean I may have stopped worrying about having enough, but now I am always chasing more.
Pretty sure the Buddha said it first, but Peace comes when you Realize you have Enough.
Can’t wait to see what epiphanies come along with FU money, maybe my hair will grow back?
You can never go home. Life changes us, we are all here because of our past. Our financial life is part of us because of the choices we make. How and Why we make those choices are part of the complicated back story that makes us US. I don’t write much in detail about my darker days, but I did solicit a GUEST POST from one of my favorite bloggers because his stories make me nostalgic for a shared past.