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Money is Energy

If money is energy, then my bank account is a battery.

Working charges the battery, and buying things requires energy which drains the battery.

I think this sounds like a reasonable way to view money. It’s a storage vessel for the work that we do, which in turn allows us to live within the restrictions of the society that we have build around ourselves.

Thinking this way allows me to stop hating money. It’s not money that forces me to work until midnight to meet a deadline. It’s not money that stresses me out when I receive a crazy bill from AGL for gas that was consumed three months before I moved into my house.

Money is just the vessel that carries the energy required to consume, participate in, or possess whatever it is that we need to keep our lives running the way we want our lives to run.

Part of me is thinking, as I write this, that this concept (which is certainly not mine, but which I have started to subscribe to) is just another argument designed to distract us from the fact that our lives revolve entirely around money.

Another part of me thinks that even if this is true, it doesn’t really matter, as long as it helps me to focus on the important things. It is unlikely that I will ever see a world that is not completely governed by the flow of money, but I can definitely create a reality for myself that is not governed by the flow of money.

By trivialising money as a simple way to transfer energy, (E.g. 1 hours work = $100 = one very nice dinner for me and my wife), then we can start to think directly about work in and reward out. (E.g. 1 hours work = one very nice dinner for me and my wife).

At the end of the day, money (specifically “Dollars”) is nothing more than a unit of measurement, no more important to our every day lives that Grams, Metres or Degrees.

Snow

Today I was shoveling snow from the stairs of my Father in law’s front garden. There are about 72 steps, so it gave me some time to think. Funnily enough I thought about snow. Being from Australia, I have never experience snow in a “day to day” sort of way. I have been skiing, but that’s like going to a fun park where things are supposed to be different.

Snow must be one of the most beautiful things in nature. So silent and soft and white… and snowy. I think it must have some sort of dampering effect on sound waves, because everything is so quiet when it snows which ads to the sense of peace and wonder. This is probably also why I was thinking so much…

So once I got over thinking about the snow and my back started to hurt from the stairs, I got back to thinking about work, which is what I think about most of the time, and the topic for this week is marketing.

Now, one of the most important jobs on my plate at the moment is writing. New content for our new website, promotional material, PR articles, SEO text and of course blogs. My problem is that I always have a specific message to convey, or a goal to achieve with whatever it is that I am writing which can easily lead to writers block.

So here I am, “free blogging”. Most of what I write is bound to be work related, small business challenges, building websites, search engine rankings and that sort of thing, but at least here there is no agenda. It’s just me, the keyboard, my blog and probably the one person on the planet who will ever read it, my sister. 🙂