Spending from the Heart

Money can do so much good if we use it in a spirit of interrelatedness, acceptance, and love.

My Two CentsI have not yet met a person who has said, “My happiest day was buying a new . . . ” You can fill in the blank. Our happiest days have to do with love and expressing love. We thrive, we grow, we feel sorrow and joy with human connection. Buying stuff does not connect us. Being together does.When my dad was dying, I read stories about others with cancer, in the hope that it would help me understand. One story was about a woman with bone cancer who felt only pain when she was touched. Yet throughout her illness, she would continue asking her husband to snuggle and hug her. Even though it brought her excruciating pain, she needed the hugs, she needed the touch. She never told him how much it hurt; her need for connection was so much greater.Relationships can bring us great happiness—and one of those relationships, for better or worse, is with money. Do we respect money by holding it in esteem and reverence, or do we treat it as a necessary evil and use it for ill? For many, money does not bring happiness— it brings grief, fear, sadness, addiction, and pain. That pain comes from a lack of respect …

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Paul Sutherland

Paul Sutherland resides in Michigan with his four youngest kids, ages 5 to 10. He and his wife, Amy, try to be an example of Parenting for a Peaceful world, in which democracy begins at home.

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