August 28, 2010 – Musings about money.

I'm reminded of a Pink Floyd song.

So…the RID project is taking its toll on my willingness to go shopping.

While I haven’t stopped buying things when I need them, I find that the act of giving away one item per day is really giving me pause when I buy anything new. I think my attitude towards consumption is getting healthier. I take my time when buying things – really evaluating whether I truly want them or not. And for me, I think this is long overdue.

I was just in Oxford, and saw a great exhibit at a museum about money – how it was minted years ago, and the symbolic value it holds. Since seeing that exhibit, it’s made me think about the value we place in all sorts of symbols — the endorsement of money by governments, the endorsements of products by brands, and the endorsement of belonging by consumers contributing to — and buying brands.

It seemed then only appropriate to offer up something to recognize this insight – and to remind myself of it. I received a new money clip for by birthday – so I’m offering up my old one, and my old wallet – to the RID project.

They’re both in perfect condition — but changing my attitudes towards possession is changing my attitudes towards obtaining….and it seemed an appropriate time to give these up.

I find this Maya Angelou quote says it best:

“You can only become truly accomplished at something you love. Don’t make money your goal. Instead, pursue the things you love doing, and then do them so well that people can’t take their eyes off you.”

The bird. She sings.

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