“How much will we have left?” asked Bobby Axelrod’s wife on the Showtime series, Billions.
“300 mil,” he said.
She looked aghast. “We can’t live on that!”
Later in the show a hedge fund manager who has fallen on “hard times” bemoans that he can’t afford to live on only $40 million.
That’s a world most of us can only watch on TV.
I still see so many on social media touting affirmations for wealth and prosperity. Even people I’m certain will never, ever achieve wealth.
Am I psychic?
Nope. I just know that affirmations are not meant to be used that way. They’re not magic words that draw wealth. Even though I’ve seen many, many posts that claim wealth affirmations keep money rolling in.
Not how it works.
The Divine isn’t waiting with a bag of money that it’ll drop when someone says “The Universe is dropping money on me.”
You can be born into wealth. And you can be lucky, like holders of stock that skyrockets. I know people in both those categories, even though neither describes me.
But most of the time, wealth is something achieved by strategic, hard work. By blood, sweat and tears. It’s not something the Universe hands us if we diligentl recite words. If only it were that easy.
Everyone wants to get rich. Or they think they do.
But it seems pretty obvious to me that wealth can bring with it a lot of bad stuff, especially for people who are not born into it. Not everyone can rise to the occasion, although almost everyone thinks they can.
When I see people affirming for great wealth it always seems, well, naive, and sometimes even unprincipled.
But mostly this: It seems like the wrong objective.
Affirming for “enough” seems more reasonable.
Maybe because I’ve never aspired to great wealth. I’ve always just wanted “enough.”
I don’t need a Bentley. Or a Learjet. I don’t need a villa on the Riviera. I don’t even need a Chanel bag. Actually, I don’t even like them. And I have never bought a $400 pair of shoes. Although if they were cute enough and super comfortable, I might. But those things do not ring my chimes.
I just need enough.
And that has meant different things at different times in my life.
My enough and yours might be different. But it seems to me that if we are going to make affirmations about money, it’s a lot smarter to affirm for “enough.”
M and I, we’re two kids from western NY state. We’ll never think that $300 million (or for that matter, $40 million) isn’t enough. Hell, we’d be lucky to have it.
Even if we began with billions, like Bobby Axelrod.
So do you watch the show? And what thoughts come up when you do?