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The Nine Steps to Financial Freedom (7-9)

7. He who refreshes others will himself be refreshed  (Proverbs 11:24-25)

Misers are trapped.  Penny pinchers guard their water glasses and hoard what they have to make sure nothing flows out.  New water must flow in to keep the water inside fresh and useful, otherwise, it grows stagnant, like standing water in a pond.  Cheapskates are letting their money stagnate.  What they are missing is the serenity and the pleasure brought by money handled responsibly and generously.

When we give freely, we free our hearts.  Offering applies only to gifts inspired by a pure impulse to give – no strings attached (such as to favorite charities).

8. Understanding the money cycle

Gains and losses aren’t flukes or curses; they are built in, like the doors and windows in a house.  They both have the capacity to bring us closer to the life we long for.  If we can face our misfortunes and ask how we can find the gifts and the lessons in what is upsetting us now, then we are rich despite setbacks.  We are only one step away from financial freedom!

9. Recognizing true wealth

Our self-worth does not equal our net-worth.

Suze Orman’s close friend, Ruth, now 94-years-old, is wise and profoundly content with who she is.  Simply being in her presence restores Suze in ways beyond words.  Not long ago Suze asked Ruth how it felt to become more frail.

“Suze,” she said, “my future is so tiny and my past and present are so rich.  It surprises me to say this, but I’m not afraid.  I’m truly happy and content just as I am.”  Suze believed her every word.

What kind of price tag can we put on our lives?  Abundance, in many ways, is a state of mind.

Financial freedom is not what we make but what we keep — what we keep to take care of ourselves and our loved ones, what we keep to share our time, joys, and experiences with the most important people in our lives.

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November 30, 2008 - Posted by | Book Review, Mind, Money, People, Spirit | , , , , ,

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