As a young child attending Sunday school, I learned a little song that became my mantra. While skating down the street with pigtails flying, I’d belt out the words to the chorus,
“Singing, singing all the day, give away, oh, give away.
Singing, singing all the day, give, oh, give away!”
It’s no wonder that I grew up never having any money. My younger sister was a saver, but whenever I’d get an allowance or babysitting money, I’d take a friend out for a hamburger or a soda.
Don’t get me wrong, I LOVED giving. I became very, very good at it. After all, that was the charitable thing to do, wasn’t it?
While reading “Secrets of the Millionaire Mind” by T. Harv Eker, I learned that giving is great—in its place, of course. We must pay ourselves first and manage the rest of the money so we’ll have all the more to give!
So I made up a new chorus to the song I learned as a child. It goes like this:
“Singing, singing all the day, give, receive and save and play.
Singing, singing all the day, give and save and play!”
I feel much better about this more balanced approach. I’ve learned that by managing my money correctly, I can do it all!
The Doctor's Comments:
Money is a good gift when in need, but the gift of love and time are better indeed! I love the words from the song called Nature Boy, "The greatest thing you'll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return."