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Some Thinking About Money – Win a Copy of The Soul Of Money

Lynne Twist is the wonderful woman who wrote The Soul of Money. That’s one of those books I have to buy over and over again because I keep giving it away. (Hmmm, stay tuned for a contest.) She’s added a video to her website called The Opportunity within the Economic Crisis::

I think this is important thinking and I want your comments. Which brings me to:

Win a copy of The Soul of Money

Make a comment here before midnight Pacific Daylight time Tuesday August 17th and I’ll pick one at random and gift you with a copy of The Soul of Money. To win I’ve got to be able to contact you and get a mailing address. I will ship to anywhere Amazon ships.

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  • Karen

    It’s not midnight yet, right? It’s Tuesday. but it’s August 18 ? The post says Tuesday August 17???I wonder if I’m still in? I hope so! Thanks for the great site Anne!

    • Anne

      Arghhh… it’s like my spelling… in my mind it was to be Monday – midnight to be sure – so I could announce it today, which is what I did… sometimes I need a keeper. Karen, my sincere apologies.

  • Damien Balderrama

    Anne, Was this what You were looking for:

    “Those who desire to give up freedom in order to gain security will not have, nor do they deserve, either one.”
    ~Ben Franklin~

  • Pretty lady. Pretty pictures. Pretty words.

    A positive approach is good. We need to keep doing the things that work for us personally and not let the Doom & Gloom purveying media rattle our determination. I don’t need a lot of stuff to make me happy. I learned that when I was about twelve years old and saw a toy in the our attic that I hadn’t touched for months, even though I had once thought it would make me happy forever if I had it.

    On the other hand, I’m strongly suspicious of the blanket statement that the systems that are being destroyed are ones that don’t work. Some, yes. All, definitely not–the economic system is not as simple as portrayed here.

    Also, we need to beware of governmental policy chiseling away at our freedoms under the guise of “sustainability” or “the war on drugs” or “the war on terrorists” or “swine flu” or “child pornography” or “communist activity” or whatever the latest scare-tactic bugaboo is. It’s happened before; it will happen again. The video made the needle on my BS detector quiver. I reserve judgment until I know more about the specifics.
    .-= jorgekafkazar´s last blog ..Watcher in the Night =-.

    • Anne

      Jorge, agree with you… and if you read her book I suspect you’ll find she does too. What’s Ben Franklin’s quote about security and freedom?

  • It’s always fascinating to listen to an articulate and well modulated voice of reason (instead of one that is strident) putting across such well thought out ideas for how we should view and use money. We all need it and want it, most of us not being closet ascetics. But society as a whole has lost sight of money’s purpose and value, having focused on the getting and the gimme more and more. I’m looking forward to reading a copy of The Soul of Money and to getting back to my thriftier-than-most roots. (My father was a Yorkshireman and they are almost as tight with money as the Scots are.)

  • Wendy

    Hi, I hope you pick my name! Truth be told…I am working out of a library to learn all I can about writing online. We’ve run across hard time financially as so many other have. It’s difficult, and trying to be positive comes hard lately. I appreicate the hope you give on here.
    Wendy

  • Sherrie Taylor

    Great! It’s time everyone figures out money is a tool, not a control of your life. Some people, like me are afraid of too much money for some reason I cannot understand and have to work twice as hard for half the amount. There needs to be a balance to the view of how it’s used.
    Thank you for a great work.
    Sherrie

  • Eloise Wall

    Kudos to Ms. Twist for promoting such a positive outlook. I am a woman, on my own, nearing my senior years. Due to past financial mishaps (and yes, some missteps) I am struggling. Yet, I know that when times are tough there are ways to find sustenance. Creativity and fortitude coupled with self confidence will always see one through. Consider the following: Colonel Sanders started his finger lickin’ good franchise with the money he got from his first Social Security check at the age of 65; Winston Churchill was 61 when he took the helm, Nelson Mandela became president of South Africa after spending 25 years behind bars. Humans are remarkable. We will persevere. We will be the generation that leaves a better world for our children.
    And… kudos to you for promoting Ms. Twist on your website.

  • I’d really like to read the Soul of Money after watching that video. Her philosophy sounds very similar to the parenting philosophy/curriculum that I teach and write about. Money is a tool and the way we use money works best when it’s in balance. When Lynne Twist was discussing how the market was not a sustainable system, I immediately thought about the permissive side of parenting that I teach about. Some parents think that to avoid being permissive, they then must go in a totally opposite direction — to be excessively strict. But there IS a nice balance in between permissive and strict as a parent. And there’s a nice balance with how we use money. Saving every penny for the future is one extreme and spending it all for today is the other extreme. I’d like to strike a balance in spending for now and saving for later.

  • Hi Anne,
    What I’m hearing from Lynne, is exactly what’s allowed me to rethink & reconsider my own stae of financial affairs within the scope of recent & unprepared events…My trusted PC went kaput on me 10 days ago…With little allotted resources set aside for such an emergency & because I write for income as well, I found myself having to come up with a viable plan for surviving a move, a family reunion & now a new computer within the span of a few weeks! The whole story is captured on my blog, but, I’m so needing to hear those words today on how we need to rethink our views on money matters…
    .-= Clara´s last blog ..Clara54’s “Scary Movies” Pick … =-.

  • Wait! Money has a soul? Does this mean it’s not the soulless root of all evil? 🙂
    .-= Tavis´s last blog ..How to Set Special Window Settings with KWin =-.

  • It sounds good to me; her video definitely made me want to read the book. I like her tone: positive, glass half full, calm, reassuring. I agree that the corrections occurring now are necessary. So many of us have strayed so far from integrity; the corrections taking place are necessary and inevitable.

    If this time brings us back to more spiritually focused values, values that respect the earth and each other, it will have been a good thing. Materialism is a big trap, so is greed. I welcome the future by being content now.
    .-= Stan Schultz´s last blog ..Unsquare =-.

  • colleen

    I fully agree with the previous comments by James A. The interconnectedness of our inner lives, the natural world around us, and the systems we’ve created is starting to be brought to our awareness through the most effective way possible -crisis. As the unsustainable systems breakdown we are forced to work our way back to the core beleifs that created them. Positive change requires an new level of awareness, and it is happening, people including myself are starting to wake up.
    We live in a closed system, Mother nature is our best teacher, she doesn’t waste anything and spends considerable energy cleaning up our messes.

  • Sue Chehrenegar

    A book about the ‘Opportunity within the Economic Crisis” and a book on the “Soul of Money” strikes me as an excellent pair. Each person has a talent or skill, one that he or she could use to make money. Each person thus has been provided with an opportunity in this economic crisis.

    Of course, not everyone’s talent or skill is glaringly obvious. Sometimes you need to look deep in your soul, and discover what you know you do well. In that way your soul can become like the “soul of money.”

    Sue Chehrenegar

  • Did you know that 2/3 of the millionaires out there (if I recall the statistic correctly; either way, it’s greater than the 1/5 of the population as a whole) don’t buy cars new? They have a totally different outlook on money, and it’s well-worth looking at.

    I have to throw in my two cents about credit cards… I don’t believe they’re necessary. Credit card companies try to make us think we need them “for emergencies”, but there’s nothing that a cash fund that you contribute to each month won’t do! Anything you’re buying on credit that you can’t afford… chances are good that you don’t need it anyway.
    .-= Zabrina´s last blog ..Save Money on Gas =-.

    • Anne

      Hmm, I don’t buy new cars either… fingers crossed.

  • I really appreciate all of the infomation that you provide. I’m always looking for information that helps me make the most of what I have. This book sounds like that kind of resource.

  • Tiffany

    Here comments reaffirm my suspicion that our society is far too motivated by acquiring material things. Ironically, people who have a lot of money condemn this practice. They know that excessive spending eventually leaves you broke and in the hole.
    I really do hope that we are better off at the end of this recession. Sometimes people need a trial by fire to make them realize that their priorities are all messed up. I hope I win the book…it would be an interesting read.

  • Sherrie Taylor

    This is great. It’s time people learn more about how money controls our lives without realizing it. The credit system is not for consumers, but for credit companies and big business. They are in the business of making money, not providing a service and because of the current credit system your score can prevent you from buying a home, auto or even getting a good job. Learning more about money for needs only and creating your own benefits of fun and beauty will release you from the need of so much money, but it will not help with your credit. Pay it off, keep one card at a minimum and current and live on less.

  • Love this video. Couldn’t agree more with the idea that we need to ‘stop clamouring for more of what we don’t need and take care of what we have’ (sorry if I haven’t quoted exactly). For many of us it’s the only way to survive these trying economic times, and , from an environmental point of view, may just help us save the world.

  • Steve

    Sounds really interesting!

    I’ve been trying to work out a sane relationship to money for the past few months and am finally getting close.

  • RE: The Soul of Money

    We have an opportunity to regain spiritual values and a consciousness of true prosperity by sloughing off the old, outworn ideas based on greed and excess. “Consider the lilies of the field” indeed. It’s time to do just that.

  • Jul

    Good to hear someone talk about the spiritual level of the whole financial crisis, not just fearmongering or more penny-pinching advice. I will have to check out the book.

  • Thanks for posting this Anne!

    I am always trying to tell friends about my thoughts on achieving what everyone else thinks is a ‘Utopian Ideal’. I think more people are waking up to the idea that life IS what you make it. People are realizing their dreams every day instead of falling into the pattern that we are taught from childhood that ‘real life’ is: get an education, have a career making just enough money, accumulate things, work until you retire or die having never really lived except on weekends or 2 week vacations.

    I am really interested in hearing more about The Soul of Money.

    Natalie

    natalie.bauer@ymail.com

  • Damien Balderrama

    To Jim, You say Your career writing, dosen’t bring the security, You used to have at Your previous position. What is security? Most people long for that job with security, when the people with the most security are in prison. That’s why they call it “Maximum Security.” If we chose that security for fear of failure, we take away Our freedoms. I learned this from Robert Kiyosaki, who also teaches lessons on money. I do believe as writers, WE CAN shed light on area’s that have casted by shadows. Together WE CAN.

  • I just wonder if while it unravels, does the market bring the rest of us with it. I tend to think it can’t.
    .-= Denise at HowMomMakesMoneyOnline´s last blog ..Blog Posting Ideas: Write a profile on a person, place or thing. =-.

  • Omar

    There’s always an opportunity to succeed no matter what the economic climate is.

  • Elizabeh Wigglesworth

    The author gave a must be said enlightened idea for this moment in time for the future over our life in the 21st century and beyond on the value of money as it relates to our lives. All must read her idea for all to benefit including high school readers.

  • Damien Balderrama

    Anne,
    I’d like to personally thank you for posting this video, and bringing the works of Lynne Twist to my attention. “The Soul of Money” is definitely a book I will buy, the next time I’m at the book store. Lynne’s message is one that I think should be taught in schools. There is a reason why the powers that be, don’t teach money in elementary, middle or high school. Even college for that matter. Why is this? Henry Ford put it best when he said “It’s a good thing most American’s don’t understand this countries money system. For tomorrow morning there would be a revolution.” I understand what You mean by always having to buy Yourself new copies of books, I’ve given away alot of my new copies of Rich Dad Poor Dad, and Think and Grow Rich. Lynne Twist’s “The Soul of Money” sounds like it’s gonna be another one of those books, I’ll have to rebuy myself everytime I mention it to another friend…” Here You can have My copy.” HaHaHa, You now what I mean.

    Thanks again Anne, you are a true inspiration to all aspiring and or professional writers. Keep doing what you do my friend. May God bless You with all Your prayers being answered..

    Your friend,
    Damien Balderrama

  • Lynne Twist is really amazing. I’ve heard great things about this book, but haven’t read it yet.

    Way to bring it Anne Wayman!
    xoH

  • Jim

    While a little over dramatic, I agree with what she’s saying. After being laid off from a nice corporate job, I was forced to rethink goals and priorities. It lead me to going out on my own as a writer and I haven’t looked back.

    Sure, I don’t necessarily have the security I had (or thought I had) before but I’m also able to spend time with my family in ways I was never able to in the past.

    Yes, it’s been a lifestyle change forcing us to look at money differently but what a great lifestyle change.
    .-= Jim´s last undefined ..If you register your site for free at =-.

  • Laura Davis

    I completely agree with Lynn’s stance that our relationship with money has become dysfunctional over the past decades. The one thing that struck me in a new way while watching this video, though, was how big a role the media plays, and how great our potential as writers is to change the future of our society. If the media’s focus on the negatives can bring people to despair, why can we writers not bring them to new perspective? We can shape the collective mind of our society. I’m overwhelmed by the potential!

    • Anne

      good point – now, how do we do that?

  • Carolyn Washington

    Thanks for posting this video. I’m glad that there are some people who recognize that change is desperately needed in the financial arena. The American attitude about money has been twisted and bloated. Money had been revered for too long. It’s time we start treating it how it should be treated, like a tool, and not like a god. We can’t place all the blame on the media. They didn’t start the fire, but they did have a huge fan to spread the flames. Maybe we can also begin a revolution in the media arena as well at the financial one.
    Just a thought…
    Thanks again!
    Carolyn

  • Donna Cosmato

    Dear Anne:

    Wow, how refreshing to hear someone with a positive message instead of the negativity so popular these days! Whether I win or not, this book is on my must-read list.

    Thanks for bringing this book to my attention,

    Donna

  • E

    If I win, can I get the kindle version, please?

    • Anne

      sure, If I can figure out how to do that 😉

  • Thanks for the great video Anne. It reminds me that the Chinese idiogram for crisis is a combination of the symbols for dangerous and opportunity. The danger is obvious: another great depression. The opportunity is the chance to start living well within our means. The human race accomplished lots of great things before Marconi invented the radiotelegraph, we can easily learn to live without big screen tvs that use connection services that cost hundreds of dollars monthly.
    The only problem I have with the concept is anyone can learn about it and say it is exactly what they advocate. The Obamas, the Clintons, The McCains, the Bushs, even the Bin Ladens can claim the concept of sufficiency as their own. Guess I’ll have to read the book now to understand the concept better.
    .-= Will´s last blog ..Three cheers for sensible and reasoned arguments =-.

  • Anne, thanks SO much for sharing this video . . . I was really struck by her comment on media and fear! I really feel that there is a strong responsibility that we as writers have, to try and encourage people to think differently, to find solutions — instead, so much of what it being written is sensationalising and hyping the ‘crisis’ aspects.
    Again, thanks for this!
    Paula
    .-= Paula Swenson´s last blog ..What Would YOU do if you knew you couldn’t fail? =-.

  • James A.

    It’s interesting to see how connected all the aspects of our world and our lives are. There are great parallels to an unsustainable, excessively greedy approach to only satisfying our short-term desires, and the devastating effects this can have on our financial systems (excessive credit debt, defaults on loan payments, living beyond our means, feelings of entitlement), the environmental systems (excessive pollution, depletion of natural resources, endangerment and extinction of plant and animal species), our anatomical and physiological systems (poor diets, increased obesity, lack of exercise and fitness, increased susceptibility to illness) and our medical systems (taking a pill to fix a symptom but causing many other side-effects at the same time).

    Some of these are generalizations for sure, but they do point to an unfortunate trend of people not taking responsibility for their actions, and the realization that if they aren’t directly causing these things to happen they often support through their non-actions. I do think this is a big wake-up call on many different levels for our world, and I hope enough of us realize it and take the appropriate steps so we CAN let wither what no longer serves us and strengthen what does.

  • Susan

    I am always uplifted by how people, when pushed against the wall usually do the right thing. I think we lose sight of money’s role in our lives. We seem to put it on a pedestal where we worship it instead of using it for good. Whatever we interpret ‘good’ to be.
    I would like to learn more on Ms Twist’s take on our relationship with money.

  • “The Soul of Money” sounds quite similar to a book called “Your Money or Your Life.”

    The general idea in that book is that we don’t need most of the stuff we buy. We are encouraged to incur huge debts to buy things we can’t afford and have no time to enjoy, because we’re so busy working to pay off the huge debts. And so on and so on. It’s a vicious cycle we can only break if we understand what our money represents in terms of the time we spend earning it.

    That’s when we can really appreciate frugality and keeping things simple. And learn not to make impulse purchases, based on nothing but irrational feelings. At least, that’s how “Your Money or Your Life” describes it.

    I think it would be interesting to compare Lynne Twist’s ideas with those in “Your Money or Your Life.”

    If I win the book, just DM me on Twitter @debbimack and I’ll send you the address.

    Thanks!
    .-= Debbi´s last blog ..Quotation for the Week of August 9 =-.

    • Anne

      Actually Debbi, Soul of Money is quite different than Your Money or Your Lift – both good books, but I feel like Twist’s book goes way deeper in explaining how truly wonderful humans can be and how they can find their own solutions when given the right support to do so.

  • The Soul of Money sounds like a great read! Just recently I was ruminating about an online offer and almost accepted but when my conscience kicked in, I knew what my answer woud be…”No!”

    If I’m selected, I can give my address to you in an email….

    Toni
    .-= Toni Star´s last blog .. =-.

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