Monday, March 2, 2009


Trillion is the new Billion, the headlines blazed across the newspaper this weekend. The stock market has dropped 6000 points since May. Economic downturn, or dare I use "recession", has brought the topic of money to the forefront of peoples minds.

Dirty. Enriching. Sexy. Necessary Evil. Happy. Freeing. Humbling. We all have our adjectives, and feelings, we attribute to money. Once I lived with a lot (and later wondered where it all went), and several times I have lived with little. I don't know that money brings happiness, but it does create options. What you do with it, says a lot about your character and who you are as a person. For instance...

A friend owes you money and has not paid you back for a while. It is not enought to break the bank, but enough to compromise the friendship. How do you deal with it?

If you only lived on cash, with no access to credit, how would your life change?

What one thing influences you the most when deciding to give someone a hand out on the street?

You notice a $250 credit on your bank statement that is a mistake. The bank does not catch it. Do you say something?

When in life do you feel the richest? and when the poorest?

For more thought provoking questions on money, check out If You Had A Million Dollars by Evelyn McFarlane & James Saywell


Daniel said...

I think about things that credit allowed for in my life. This includes getting an education, buying a house, and buying a car. Pretty important things in most folks lives. Just like you, there have been times in my life when my coffers were overflowing and others when, let's just say that Ramen noodles were on the menu each day. However, I have never felt rich or poor in these times. I think it has to do with how I was raised.

Rob said...

Good post.

Baino said...

Money takes a load of worry out of the equation even if it doesn't buy you happiness, it does give you some security. If only I'd listened to the 'only live on cash' dictum, I wouldn't have the credit debt I have now! That being said, I feel the richest in the company of my family even if noodles are on the menu!

Auntie, aka cagny said...

Today I feel very rich. I spent the entire day with my boyfriend's 3 1/2 year old grandson (we were snowed in). He makes me laugh. I love him dearly.

But the news I heard on TV makes me want to spit. The gov't is giving more $$ to AIG.
When will this end?

Brian Miller said...

nice auntie...we were snowed in as well, great times as you will see in today's post.

we only carry our house payment as debt. this has allowed us to make some decisions that otherwise would have been impossible. highly recommend limiting your debt, unless there is a great return.

Anonymous said...

Well I am so glad to see our questions can be thought provoking .... especially in these tough and strange times. I hope our book about money (If you Had a Million Dollars) can inspire some soul searching and some laughs along the way!