Money Smarts | Finding Contentment

Posted by Marianne Thomas | 2/19/2010 09:42:00 AM | | 3 comments »

Every Friday, I share one way I either save or earn money in my own life in the hopes that it might be useful to you.

This week I'm in a thoughtful mood; Ash Wednesday marked the beginning of Lent and I've given a lot of time to thinking and praying about giving, giving up, and sacrifice.

I want to share something with you -- I don't make big bucks with this site. Shocking, I know. ;-) Seriously, I'm telling you that because it's an important fact for you to know about me. The last thing I want anyone out there to think as the read my site is that I'm an expert on earning money with blogging or online in general. I'm still finding my way on that one and I'm always happy to share what I learn (both my successes and my many stumbles) with you.

I'm fortunate; my husband has a great job with good benefits that provides well for us. I know if that were to change, if it became necessary for me to bring in an income to support us, I'd work harder at the business side of blogging. Need finds a way, you know?

Of course, we could do more if I brought in more money. We could pay our debt off more quickly. We could save more. We could give more. We could do more for our families. We could even *gasp* take a little vacation with the kids (something that I'm now willing to do since all three are fairly self-sufficient; kudos to you moms out there who vacation w/kids in diapers).

But as I get older (don't ask, ok - let's just say mid-thirties and leave it at that), I'm gaining perspective. I'm able - in little bits at a time, never all at once - to stand back and be content with what is in front of me right now rather than wishing upon what might be waiting for me over the horizon.

Earning more money or saving more money are both worthy goals, goals I still have for myself and our family. But if they are my only goals, when I find myself in a knot of worry about how to achieve them, if my mind is forever worrying and thinking and planning and executing, then I'm missing the bigger picture.

Sometimes our best lessons about money, about the making and earning and keeping and saving of money come not from having more money but from understanding that money can never buy contentment. Momentary happiness, yes (who isn't happy about a pretty new thing?); true contentment, no.

This week, as Lent begins, I'm working on giving (always a struggle for me) and on choosing contentment; no matter how many smart choices I learn to make about saving and earning money, willingly choosing to be content can be the hardest, but most fulfilling, choice of all for me.

Those are my thoughts on money this week - if you've made it this far in this post, thank you for reading. It means a lot to me that you spend some of your precious minutes here, especially when I'm in a rambling mood.

Have any thoughts about money v. contentment? Please feel free to share in a comment below. ;-)

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  1. NellBell // February 19, 2010 12:26 PM  

    I struggle with contentment when I see someone saving,saving,saving or someone who might have that little extra "thing" that I would like to be able to have. Thanks for bringing contentment to the forefront of my mind for me today. Lots to think about! =)

  2. Anonymous // February 19, 2010 4:52 PM  

    Thank you for sharing. I enjoyed reading it.
    I always say to myself...be thankful for what you DO have...some of my happiness times where when my boy was still in diaper and we didn't have a dime!! BUT we, as a family were happy.

  3. Your Frugal Friend, Niki // February 20, 2010 10:37 PM  

    I am very content right now. And yet in this season of my life I have less than I ever have (financially). It is all in how one thinks.

    For me, gratitude is everything.