The principle I live by is this: How you treat money is the way money will treat you. Place your wallet in front of you. If you’ve had this particular wallet for some time, it may be dirty or torn. The bills may be crumpled up and sticking out in various directions, along with pieces of paper, sticky notes, bills, and grocery lists. Remembering that money is energy, consider whether your wallet, your money’s energetic “home,” is inviting. If you were money, would you want to live here?
I treat the money in my wallet like a dear and trusted friend. My money is not crunched up into tiny balls, it is lovingly handled. I straighten out the corners, smooth the bills, turn them so they all face the same way: forward and face up. As I’m doing this, I acknowledge money’s importance in my life. I appreciate money, and money appreciates me.
Next, become mindful and respectful of caring for the other places your money calls home. Reconciling your bank statements, keeping tabs on your retirement funds, cleaning out the spare change from your car—all are ways to honor your money. Apply the same organized, caring approach to your credit cards and the larger monetary world that goes beyond the cash in a wallet.
How you treat your money is an indication of how much worth you assign to it. Make a comfortable place for your money to call home—one that’s so nice that your money will want to stick around.