Way 14: What Is Our Money For?
Few people in the world can speak about money with such eloquence and passion as Lynne Twist. So, for today’s Way, here is a message from her to everyone participating in 30 days/30 ways.
“Money is like water. It can be a conduit for commitment, a currency of love. Money moving in the direction of our highest commitments nourishes our world and ourselves.”
—Lynne Twist, Pachamama Alliance Co-founder and author of The Soul of Money
Why Do This Way?
Money is constantly flowing in and out of our lives. While the amount varies over time and among people, one thing we all do is direct our money and resources towards what we value (food, clothing and shelter are high on most people’s lists). Regardless of the amount of money you have, the invitation in this Way is to be mindful about where your resources are being directed. Pay attention and see if you can find creative ways to reallocate some of your resources away from things that destroy the environment and direct them toward world you are committed to.
When you reallocate your resources in a way that aligns with your values there is the benefit of putting you in touch with your own generous heart while simultaneously making you stronger in your commitment. At the same time, the recipients benefit. Win/win all the way around.
Keep in mind that all of the great movements in history—the women’s suffrage movement, India’s movement for Independence, the civil rights movement—were not funded by governments. Truth to tell, they were funded by individuals, by people like us. The movement to reverse global warming needs all of us: our creativity, our passion, our ingenuity, and, yes, our money.
Engaging with This Way
Think about an organization or two whose mission and work inspires you, and is in alignment with your personal values and commitments. Invest in it in a way that resonates with you, both in terms of your means, and your desire for change. Don’t put it off; do it today!
Need some suggestions? Consider helping fund these worthy organizations in their work to reverse global warming:
- Pachamama Alliance
- Sacred Headwaters (a project of Pachamama Alliance)
- Project Drawdown
- Amazon Watch
- Citizens’ Climate Lobby
Feeling flush? Feeling poor? Take this quick assessment, the Global Rich List, to see where you fall in the global distribution of wealth. You may be surprised!
Feel free to share any thoughts you have in the comments below.