After coming across the poem that my thirteen year old self wrote (check out "looking to the past to find the present" for more on this) I decided to re-read my old journals, which I've found is both a daunting and an emotionally draining process. I've found things in them that I hate. I've found things in them that make me sad. But (let's look at the positive!) I've also found things in them that I love, that make me smile with joy to realize how little I've changed. Not only are my journals filled with my own thoughts (which, let's be honest, are sometimes quite boring), but I've also come across new quotes and poems (both mine and others') and it's been so interesting to see that my childhood self is not as different from the person I am striving to be right now. Maybe I really am, deep down, that little girl with journals and books and ideas filled with hope and the potential for happiness. (Though, I must admit that I was still looking for the bad, saying things like "Today was great, but I know that only means something bad is going to happen soon." ) I've obviously grown and changed a lot, but it's so interesting to see the ways I've stayed the same.
One thing that's definitely stayed the same is my love for quotes, poems, and lists of any kind. As I was reading a journal from 1995 (!!!) I came across the list for "10 Things to Make Other Than Money." I'm sure my younger self picked this up somewhere, though it doesn't say where. I loved the list so much that I copied it into my current journal, adding a few ideas of my own. Considering that so many people are struggling financially right now, I thought this would be a great, uplifting list to post on my blog. Under each one of the thirteen I've added a link that I feel is inspiring and relevant to that number. Check them out!
13 Things to Make Besides Money
- Believe -- The Positivity Blog
- Merry -- A Content Life
- Do -- Think Simple Now
- Sense -- Writing Forward
- Amends -- Zen Habits
- Peace -- Look Far
- Friends -- The Happiness Project
- Waves -- Girls Can't What?
- Room -- Abundance Blog
- Art -- The Studio Mela Blog
- Time -- Seeing Good
- Cookies -- The Wisdom Journal
- Love -- Graceful Creative
If you couldn't tell from the image above, I find that making time is one of the most important things we can make. In order to find happiness, you have to make time for you. You have to make time for friends and family. You have to make time for work and for play. Making time can apply to all aspects of life and I think it's especially important for us to consider how we spend our time.
I hope you enjoyed reading this list and visiting these great sites as much as I did. Money's important, don't get me wrong, but there are a lot of other things we can make in this world -- happy, positive, joyful things. I just thought of another thing we can make right now -- progress! We can make progress every day in our personal development, in our jobs, in our relationships with others. There are so many possibilities for what we can make in this world. I'd love to hear your ideas too.
What other things can we make other than money? Which of these are you already making in your own life?