Strong opinions to follow...
I was raised to believe that money doesn't matter. That having less is better than having more. That the pursuit of money is evil. That getting a 'good job' and working hard is more important than happiness or fulfilment.
I was taught to believe that you should never want more money than you need to live comfortably. That wanting to own expensive things or do expensive activities was sinful. That it is always better to not spend than to spend. That we should always be content no matter the difficulties of our financial circumstances.
Well you won't find me teaching those ideas to my children.
I think that having lots of money is important.
There, I said it.
I think that the purpose of our Lives here on Earth is to, each of us, reach our full potentials. It is our Life's Work to express our greatest joy, our greatest creativity, our greatest passions. Indeed, it is the responsibility of each adult and child to pursue that which is our truest expression of our Selves. We are required to become all that we are capable of being. To do so is to give meaning to our Lives.
And you know what? It's really hard to become all that we are capable of being when we are hungry, sick or working our asses off at a job that we hate just to pay the bills for a meagre existence.
There's a bit of an attitude among 'natural' parents that we are (or should be) all making sacrifices for the benefit of our children: giving up a second income to stay home with the babies, giving up take-out to buy organic fruits, cancelling cable TV to have more money for natural health services. There's even a bit of a sanctimonious snobbery about being 'poor' for the benefit of our families, that we are willing to give up income to have time with our children.
Why does it have to be one or the other?
I don't think there's anything wrong with wanting more money. I'm not talking about devoting your life to making money. I'm talking about pursuing more wealth for the purpose of creating a fuller, richer life for yourself and your children. I'm talking about finding your passion and turning it into an income and inspiring others to do the same thing.
I'm not going to be a mother who raises my children and then spends my senior years talking about all the sacrifices I made for them. I'm no martyr. I intend to live up to my full potential right now, not at some point in the distant future when my children don't need me anymore. They need me to be all that I can be right now. I want to live in abundance and follow my passions and I want to give my children every opportunity to live in abundance and follow their passions. And you know what? To do that requires material wealth.
Does any of this resonate with you?
Are you ready to give up the idea that you "really don't mind" making sacrifices?
I'd love to hear what you think.