How much of your day is taken up with earning money? I am not just talking about the time spent at work, but the time spent commuting to work, the time spent at home when you are thinking about work, and whatever else I failed to mention here. For most people, the answer is probably a lot higher than they realize.
So what can we all do about it? Well, for starters, we need to consciously take the time to feed our souls, too, and not just our bank accounts. One easy way is to pop in a CD of an artist you really enjoy while driving to work. Pick something that relaxes you, that moves you, and that puts you in a good mood. This simple thing is a way to feed your soul. And it doesn’t cost you anything.
Do what makes you feel alive. Another great way to feed your soul is to do that thing you love but never take the time to do. If it’s fishing, then go fishing, and if it’s painting, get out your supplies and go for it. Life is really short and you never know when your time will be up, so rather than putting off all of the things you enjoy, the things that make you feel alive, do them now while you still can.
Be thankful. This may sound too simple, but it actually isn’t. It’s a learned thing, a habit to develop. Take the time each day to think about what you’re truly thankful for. Get in the habit of being thankful and you will have fed your soul.
So, why all of this talk about feeding your soul on a personal finance blog? Well, I’ve seen a lot of successful, wealthy people who have a great deal of money but have no time and no way to enjoy it. They’ve worked really hard, but for what? Don’t be that person. You can be successful but have a well-fed soul during the process. That’s who you want to be.
To conclude – Money can be great and you can bless an awful lot of people with it, but make sure that your ambition to get wealthy does not result in starving your own soul.