Sunday, April 12, 2009

What are you spending your money on?

Recently I've begin thinking about what I've been spending my money on.

For example, I love my new iPod touch. No matter what people say about their mp3 player (and I've seen a bunch) Apple has figured out the music stuff. Automatically remembering where I was in each audiobook/podcast. Letting me slide to position or fast forward. Plus the App store. I just love doing it. Plus I'm writing this post on the iPod since my laptop is in the shop, and I love that I can e-mail it when I'm done.

Or my Chrysler Pacifica which I bought used. It, along with my Dash navigation system and iPod or Pandora radio on the cell make driving relaxing and fun.

Then there were the tons of other things I've bought and have since forgotten about. I do love having new things.

Heck, did I mention the TiVo? If you have only used a regular DVR you don't know what you're missing. I even love our house, which was still a good investment even in this
crappy economy.

I've spent probably hundreds of thousands of dollars over the years, even if you don't count the house.

Then I think about the three times that I spent my money on someone.

No, I don't mean something gross like hookers, I've only seen them on the side of the street in DC.

There were these three times that I really gave money to someone who needs it, without any expectation of even seeing the person again. the only perople who knew were the person I gave to and myself (well, Erin in most cases) and without ever mentioning it to anyone, including Erin in some cases, though that'll probably change after this post).

I remember each person, even years later. I got to see two people really thankful for what I hope is recognized as a gift from God since we are all just the vessel.

Now I'm thinking about every cent I spend. Do I buy the $4 iPod app (even a 0.99 cent app), or do I spend of on someone who needs it?

How can I spend even a cent on anything that only makes my life easier or more fun when close friends could be going hungry?

Is the Wii game that important? Do I need that DVD? Do I even need my Netflix subscription (hmm I may not be ready for that step yet). Does Rachel need to be in both swimming and dance at the same time?

I used to have a password that was a variant of let go. Meaning, alway being reminded to let go of the purchase, of the stress, of the problem, whatever.

Maybe it's time to change that to give away. I's time to remember the people I care about, and even those I don't know, and give what I have away?

What if we all did that? Heck, what if just you did that?


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