Friday, June 13, 2008

Money and values

I taught a class recently where we talked about money and values - specifically, the way that you can use money to express your values. So many people think "community, friendship, spirituality = good. Money = bad." But, as we discussed in the class, you can infuse the way you use your money with your values and your unique spirituality.

Of course, donating to charity is a big part of this, but there's so much more to it... What kind of choices do you make with your money? From where do you chose to buy things, and from whom? Where do you invest your money? Do you pay people (employees, vendors, etc.) on time, out of respect for the work that they do for you? Do you treat yourself from time to time, showing yourself some kindness? Do you treat others from time to time, for no particular reason?

This weekend, whether you're running errands, grabbing a latte, or celebrating Dad on Father's Day, I invite you to think about the ways that you use money (no matter how much you have) as an expression of your values and spirit.

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