A couple weeks ago in church we had a talk about giving, by Keith Turner (who’s not the pastor or anything, he just had some awesome things to say). There were many interesting things mentioned, but one thing that really struck me was said in the closing. Basically, Keith said, you can look at your spending (he said “chequebook,” but “bank statement” also applies) to see what you really care about. Not what you’d like to think you care about, but what you actually prioritize for.
So then I looked at my bank statement mentally, and it was a bit– awkward. School– for me. Books– for me. Travel– for me. Food– for me. I’ve dropped thousands of dollars on *me* this year, and only a couple of hundred on anyone else.
But it goes further. Because what is money? Money is just an abstraction of time. To see what you truly value, look at where your time is being spent; both IRL time and pre-paid-time-as-represented-by-this-plastic-card-which-has-a-magnetic-strip-and-some-brand-names-on-it.
Once again, I come up pretty self-centred. It’s the Jasmine-and-stories show all day every day.
Maybe I should evaluate this more often.