I recently saw a post on social media for what sounded like an amazing free event about having a different relationship with money, which was run by the Charitable Institution College of Universal Medicine (http://www.coum.org). Now I would have loved to go to this event, though that wasn't possible as it was in Australia, though I did manage to speak to a friend who went. Now I can't tell you what the course was about as I wasn't there, but one thing my friend shared that she took away from it, was appreciating paying her bills. What???? I nearly fell of my seat with that, appreciating paying for my bills, I had never ever considered this in my life.
I have been someone who is like 'oh no here's another bill come in' and dreads paying bills. Never ever have I once considered appreciating what paying a bill offers me.
So this was a whole new and huge revelation to me, It left me pondering on and thinking about things such as what do I get to appreciate from paying my phone and internet bill? Well for starters I wouldn't be able to have this website, write these blogs, share lesson ideas and plans, talk to my partner who works overseas, face time people, talk to and connect with people all over the world, pay bills, share photos, talk to my parents, be able to look up information at the drop of a hat, use google maps, answer emails, watch webcasts of workshops, book holidays, hotels, message my brother on the other side of the world, work with groups, volunteer on projects and so so much more.
When I thought about this, I started to think about more bills, for example the car repair bills and petrol. I got to feel, realise and appreciate what paying this bill offers me, the ability to travel to see my family, to go to the shops, to not wait for a bus on a freezing cold day in the pouring rain, to travel to my partners, it allows me to work, to go to schools, to see people, to teach, to buy presents for Christmas, to make soup for my folks and take it over for lunch, to spend time with my niece, go to the cinema or out for tea, to drive across beautiful Scotland, and see amazing places, to pick my partner up from the airport when he returns from work or to take him there, it allows me travel to courses, workshops, meetings, to pop to the shops when I've forgotten that one ingredient, to go the doctors, the dentist, to hospital, plus so so much more.
The list is endless, I looked at food bills, rent, electricity and gas, plus lots more. What I am learning is this is a totally different relationship to have with money, one that is full of appreciation, and is deeply self-caring as I come to realise what I spend money on may or may not support me, and all the things I have to appreciate which paying every single bills allows me.