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What You Appreciate Appreciates: Managing Money

Though nobody can go back and make a new beginning…anyone can start over and make a new ending.
Chico Xavier, Brazilian philanthropist and writer

"What often determines whether an organization survives a financial crisis is the tenacity of the persons at the top – their ability to endure all the strain and work effectively toward a solution," writes Roger Neugebauer in the book, Art of Leadership: Managing Money. "Actress Helen Hayes once commented that talent and ability are not enough. 'Nothing is any good without endurance.'"

And in her beautiful book, Soul of Money: Transforming Your Relationship with Money and Life, Lynne Twist writes:

“For me, and for many of us, our first waking thought of the day is ‘I didn’t get enough sleep.’ The next one is ‘I don't have enough time.’ Whether true or not, the thought of not enough occurs to us automatically before we even think to question or examine it…We spend most of the hours and the days of our lives explaining, complaining, or worrying about what we don't have enough of... Before we even sit up in bed, before our feet touch the floor, we're already inadequate, already behind, already losing, already lacking something. And by the time we go to bed at night, our minds are racing with a litany of what we didn't get, or didn't get done, that day…This internal condition of scarcity, this mind-set of scarcity, lives at the very heart of our jealousies, our greed, our prejudice, and our arguments with life.”

She goes on to explain that changing from a mindset of scarcity to one of gratitude can be transformational. “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. What you appreciate appreciates. When you make a difference with what you have, it expands.”

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