Money has soul. While it’s a human creation, money has amazing properties to heal and transform. And if we want peace in our lives (and in the world), we must transform our relationship with money. That’s the theme of The Soul of Money by Lynne Twist.
Lynn Twist is a global activist and professional fundraiser for the non-profit organization, The Hunger Project. Her experiences “asking people for money,” coupled with her travels around the world, give her a unique perspective on money.
In addition to her perspective, Twist is an amazing storyteller (similar to Brene’ Brown). Her stories teach life-changing money lessons – from a group of men in Bangladesh who cleared acres of brambled land so their village could begin farming, to the CEO of a food company who donated $50,000 to The Hunger Project – only for Twist to return it because the money didn’t have good energy.
Scarcity is another theme in The Soul of Money. Twist categorizes scarcity into three toxic myths:
There’s not enough.
More is better.
That’s just the way it is.
(How many times have you embraced one of these myths? I know I have.)
This isn’t a Law of Attraction book, though Twist’s lessons line up with Law of Attraction principles. It’s also not a “get rich now” book. Instead, it’s a manifesto on:
How abundance is everywhere,
The dangers of a scarcity mindset,
How to focus on sufficiency versus wealth, and
How we (as a global society) must change our relationship with money now. If we don’t, there will be grave consequences for Earth and all its inhabitants.
If you want to have limitless prosperity and riches, Pam Grout believes you need to stay in gratitude. In fact, gratitude is the key to everything your heart desires – and this is the premise of her book, Thank & Grow Rich.
(Isn’t that a lovely play of words from Think & Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill?)
Thank & Grow Rich is a fun collection of “party games” that are exercises in expressing gratitude. These party games are fun to implement, but they also get you thinking about situations where it may be hard to be grateful.
Each party game chapter includes an introduction to why the party game is important, how to implement it, and a story that relates to the specific party game. Each chapter is a fast read, but you want to take time to implement all of the party games to get the full effect of Grout’s teachings.
Do you wonder how you belong in today’s world, especially with such polarizing opinions and “my way or the highway” attitudes? If so, be sure to check out Brene’ Brown’s book, Braving The Wilderness.
In this book, Brown teaches us what it means to truly belong, meaning that true belonging starts within us. If we can belong within ourselves, even if it feels like we are alone in the wilderness, we share our most authentic selves (without changing who we really are).
To guide us through the wilderness, Brown shares these four behavioral practices:
People are hard to hate close up. Move in.
Speak truth to bullshit. Be civil.
Hold hands. With strangers.
Strong back. Soft front. Wild heart.
She delves into each practice, offering real-life stories that drive her point home. As always, Brown is a master storyteller, and her anecdotes will move you.
My three takeaways:
#1: We are much more than our political ideologies.