What kind of relationship do you have with money?
I think most of us struggle with this concept. Our relationship with money and abundance has everything to do with anything we’ve ever been exposed to our entire lives.
From beliefs like, “You have to work hard to be rich”, “Save everything you make”, “Money is the root of all evil”, “People can be rich but I’ll never be one of them” — we all have have some (often times, limiting) beliefs about money.
For some reason I’ve been thinking about this very topic a lot lately, especially as I’m starting to expect my first child.
Having kids just adds an extra column to your financial balance sheet, so I guess it was natural for me to reflect on finances during this time.
But while I was trying to understand my own relationship with money, I coincidentally stumbled upon a very interesting video that got me to view that topic from a completely new angle.
What was the world’s collective energy on money and how was this subsequently affecting the rest of humanity?
This video gave me chills and rings so true. It even got me thinking about something as simple as the act of saying “Please” and “Thank you”.
I won’t give the contents away, but listen to what this Aboriginal man has to say in the 65-second clip.
It’s beautifully filmed with just over 2.5 million views since it was posted on the 27th of September.
The clip is part of a much bigger project — it’s a film by Yann Arthus-Bertrand called Human. You can watch the trailer here.
But I digress.
Listen to this man’s compelling point. I’ve also included a transcription below.
“Some of the most generous people I know have no money. And that’s how it should be.
“When we have no money, it’s a different lifestyle. When you see the old people… In our language we have no such word as ‘please’ or ‘thank you’, because it is what is expected of us is that we share and we give what we have.
“Today, we have to say ‘please’, we have to say ‘thank you’ — we have to beg for things. In the old days it was a given thing that we would share things. That was apart of who we are. And not only for Aboriginal people, I expect people from all around the world would do the same things before money.
“But nowadays, ‘It’s mine’. There are words like ‘Mine’. We don’t share our things anymore. And it’s become… It kills us as human beings, as a society, as a race. When I say ‘race’ I’m talking about the human race. But we deny other people shelter, we deny other people food, we deny other people their survival, purely because of money.”
What do you think of the video above? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.