Need vs. merit

When considering funding an organization – nonprofit, arts group, etc. – there’s a question of whether fiscal solvency necessitates further individual support. Is your donation better served going to a group that may be struggling to stay in the black each year, or an organization that consistently shows surpluses?

While a surplus may indicate that your money will have less impact, a smaller nonprofit could potentially not be around next year.

It’s a question I keep hearing, and one I ask myself as I work on reviewing grants. I guess my thought is, if money is available to invest in nonprofits, it’s good practice to make that investment, large and small.

Reader View

The internet is insidious. There is a scene in Ready Player One, in which Nolan Sorrento panders to the board by showing how much screen space can be covered in ads:

Our internet is a lot like that. Even reading this post, you’ll likely notice ads popping up. But if your browser has a reader view (which it should; Safari’s is in the URL bar), it’s easy enough to omit most of the distracting ads that show up.

And that’s the thing about the commercialist market. There is nowhere we find ourselves that doesn’t have someone trying to sell us something. We’ve become so used to it, the only way for them to ensure that their messages are seen is to find more and more creative ways to make them prominent – pure O2, as it were.

Hide your stash

Focusing on personal money is a stressful prospect. Seeing the rises and falls, the balance changing, seemingly out of your control, can imbue a feeling of powerlessness. That’s why the best investors and gamblers view their pools of available money as resource, not expendable cash.

The adage among drug dealers is to never use your own stash. The same can be said for the money that you pay yourself first – savings, retirement, major expense fund… Be careful that you’re not using the resource that you set aside for your self – for your future.

That’s your stash. Don’t use it.

Relationships with money

When considering your life style, your finances and living situation, do you feel as if you’re thriving? Or surviving?

If it’s the latter, it may be harder to ever reach a place of thriving.

I’ve been an advocate for the law of attraction for nearly three years now, since I began making life changes that were so drastic that I wouldn’t have believed them possible. Prior to that, I was using reactionary methods of attraction – still creating life, but with little sense of what I was doing.

Even now I sometimes experience the reactionary method (usually around money – major purchases, debt or job issues), and I have to remind myself that what I focus on is what I attract.

So I remind you (and myself) that we live in abundance. This is not a zero-sum game, and we are all capable of winning and achieving our best lives. The trick is to believe that we already are, even if we’ve temporarily stepped out of the abundant circumstances.