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January 06, 2006



I don't know details of your relationship with money of course, but I know what has helped to ease my worries (and I'm sure I make way less money than you do). Does your worry come from wondering about meeting current obligations, or wondering whether your future is provided for? Either way, remeber that just like expenditures will rise to meet increased incomes, expenditures will also fall to meet perceived lowered income. If you take money right off the top and set it aside to address whatever issues are worrying you, your lifestyle will align itself with whatever available cash is left. Just like my tithe, I don't stop to consider whether I can "afford" to put money aside from this month's budget, I just do it.

I blogged once about some money thoughts.


Hugo, I found your post on the very same day I was thinking about my rocky relationship with the tithe (Coincidence? Hmmmm...). And you're right when you say that tithing is a faith thing that requires some discomfort. Sigh! I needed this reminder that my needs will be provided for, perhaps not from my paycheck, but they will be provided. Funny, back when I was a "regular tithe-er", my anxiety level was a lot lower than recently, when I've not been faithful to tithe and had much more disposable income.


1. Work on being less fearful about money

Fear? Maybe the consequences thereof either way?
Question, What's the worse that could happen?
Answer, Go broke, something else?
Question, how likely is this?

A simple budgetting Spreadheet helps. Also, try pretending your income doesn't go up when you get a raise. Put the difference into savings. Occasionally you will have to readjust slightly, though you will be suprised how infrequently you need to.

2. Find a way to stay fit without letting my athletic pursuits take too much time away from other obligations

How about dancing? It is very Social and keeps you fit! [West coast swing is good for this :)]

3. Be less of a "politician" and a "people-pleaser

The art is to know when to be which at what time.

So there you go, 1 2 Health and wealth, 5 & 6.

Or as John Michael Montgomery might say....

Life's a dance you learn as you go
Sometimes you lead, sometimes you follow
Don't worry about what you don't know
Life's a dance you learn as you go

be well,



Indeed. Second LAmom.

You probably don't agree with John Stossel from 20/20 fame I imagine too much. But one segment he did recently about myths had a good spot about how everything above $50K/year really doesn't affect your happiness in any material way. Or as Forrest Gump says, everything above a certain point is really for just showing off.

Put whatever you can stomach into a 403b or 401k when you get your next raise, and encourage your spouse to do the same.

Too bad your tithe can't be directly taken from your check, eh?

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