I have a friend that is always concerned about money. We all have friends and neighbors that are concerned about money. The difference in this case is that she and her husband have more income and “stuff” than many of their friends. Yet, consistently, conversation with her toggles between, I am renovating my kitchen, buying a new car, taking a cruise and you know we are going to have three kids in college at the same time, I only have a few presents under the tree this year or “I can’t believe how much I spent on dinner and drinks”.
In an effort to allow people to be who they are, I realized that this friend thrives on the cycle of thinking she has to have something, buying it, realizing how expensive it is, thinking that she needs more money, experiencing the rush of getting more money and then finding something else to spend it on.
The mistake I have been making is worrying for her that she might not have enough money. She loves this cycle! This is who she is!
Today’s epiphany for me is that all I want is security. I do not want to worry about the mechanics of life. I want to float above the everyday and live a life full of unexpected miracles.
When I was on a guided tour in Venice, our guide shared with us a unique saying that I have shared many times over.
It is better to be late in this world than early for the next.
I have used this phrase when I show up late to a meeting as well as a warning to others that are driving too fast!
I have added this comment to today’s discussion because I want to live somewhere in-between. I really want to have one foot in this world and the other experiencing the divine.
Lord, please send someone to clean my house so I have time to pray!