It’s time for me to take a breath, relax, and chill out in these waning days of summer. Maybe the same is true for you. Worrying is part of my DNA, unfortunately, but fortunately I know that in most cases, it’s a wasted and useless emotion. Right up there with guilt.
It doesn’t matter what I worry about—my grown kids, my husband’s health, (which is excellent, BTW), my finances (also in terrific shape), my job, friends, plans for vacation, you name it, all good. Still, I worry.
Last week, when a column I wrote as a guest blogger for len penzo dot com went viral after being reprinted on “Business Insider,” I worried when I read a handful or so negative comments about my practice of saving $5 bills. While many readers responded with supportive comments such as “thanks for the great tip” and “amazing way to save,” I got hung up on the vitriol of the negative naysayers. (“WTF, This is news?” and “Not impressed!”)
Why? What good does it do me to focus my energy on other people’s negative energy? Absolutely none. We’ve all heard it before. What other people think of me is none of my business.
The secret to reducing our worries is to celebrate what’s good and positive in our lives. Adopting an attitude of gratitude for what we do have is the first step to discarding the fear associated with what we don’t have. Same is true of the hurt that comes when another person judges or criticizes us, instead of focusing on our good points. Fear gives away our power. Gratitude multiplies the good feelings inside.
Want more money in your life? Be thankful for the abundance and blessings you already have.
I’m six weeks into writing this blog; some of you are six weeks into saving your $5 bills. Other readers have just started putting this simple savings habit into practice. Either way, let’s really get this comment page rolling. Readers, what are you thankful for? Give us your top 5 things. I’ll start
1. I’m thankful for the hubby, daughters, sons-in-laws and Chocolate Lab that sustain me.
2. I’m thankful for the daily excuse (this blog) to write again.
3. I’m thankful for all the friends and readers who’ve made their way to my blog at http://www.savemoneyfastwithfives.wordpress.com.
4. I’m thankful for my job as a college professor and all the lessons my students have taught me.
5. I’m thankful that I’ve saved $36,000, all in $5 bills.
How about you? Please join in on the conversation or else I’m going to worry that you don’t like me, or my blog. Have a great week and thanks for stopping by.
Yours in Fives,