So, my husband and I recently bought this old truck camper for ourselves. I’ve tented my whole life so this is kind of a big deal for me. The only reason we bought it was because we plan on camping in the Rockies for a couple of weeks with our dog and that just seems like a long time to tent with Mister.
So, the other day I was cleaning out some of the drawers, just mindlessly dumping and wiping them out. When I noticed some change in the bottom of one. There wasn’t much, just a couple of dimes and nickels. I was about to throw it out (it was sticky, dirty, and just plain gross), but I stopped myself. I thought back to when I was a kid cleaning my room. Every time I found a dusty dirty penny I would just sweep it up and throw it out. I didn’t want to touch a grimy coin with my fingers. Gross, right?
I started questioning, how much money have I actually thrown out in my almost 28 years? I am guessing a lot. Was I that lazy to not clean off the coins? Did I think I was above a few cents here and there? Was I really just too grossed out by some dust and mystery grime? I honestly can’t tell you why, I just know at that moment in the camper I realized how ridiculous the whole thing was.
How many times have I complained I don’t have any money or that I needed or wanted more. And yet, the universe was providing more wealth and I said nah I’m good, but thanks anyways. Needless to say, I took those couple of coins and rinsed them off and have spent them at the dollar store already.
This got me thinking, how many other ways am I throwing money out or refusing it receive it? How often is there an opportunity right in front on me and I go nah, I’d rather complain about the lack of money than actually receive it. I am pretty sure I could write a book in all the direct and indirect ways I toss away and refuse money in my life, but we don’t need to go there.
I decided in that moment I am going to work on my money awareness and start asking questions. What other possibilities am I ignoring? What am I refusing to see? Where am I being lazy, stuck up, and making excuses? Where am I making myself wrong and holding judgements? Just by asking these questions I am opening up new possibilities for myself and uncovering ones I have been ignoring. I always encourage clients to ask “what else is possible?" Maybe it is time I take my own advice and start asking that when it comes to money and wealth.