A current medium of exchange in the form of coins and banknotes



Money (n.): mid-13th century, “coinage, metal currency,” from Old French monoie “money, coin, currency; change” (Modern French monnaie), from Latin monetaplace for coining money, mint; coined money, money, coinage,” from Moneta, a title or surname of the Roman goddess Juno, in or near whose temple money was coined; perhaps from monereadvise, warn” (related to: monitor), with the sense of “admonishing goddess,” which is sensible, but the etymology is difficult. Extended early 19th century to include paper money.



“Wealth consists not in having great possessions, but in having few wants.”

Epictetus (55 AD – 135 AD, Greek Stoic philosopher, whose chief concerns were integrity, self-management, and personal freedom)

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“The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.”

Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882-1945, 32nd President from 1933-1945 at the depth of the Great Depression, who helped the American people regain faith in themselves)

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“The Seven Social Sins are:
Wealth without work.
Pleasure without conscience.
Knowledge without character.
Commerce without morality.
Science without humanity.
Worship without sacrifice.
Politics without principle.”

Frederick Lewis Donaldson (1860-1953, Church of England Christian socialist and clergyman, who was a Canon of Westminster from 1924-51)

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“Do you not know that God entrusted you with that money (all above what buys necessities for your families) to feed the hungry, to clothe the naked, to help the stranger, the widow, the fatherless; and, indeed, as far as it will go, to relieve the wants of all mankind? How can you, how dare you, defraud the Lord, by applying it to any other purpose?”

John Wesley (1703-1791, Church of England cleric and Christian theologian, largely credited, along with his brother Charles Wesley, for founding the Methodist movement)

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“Simple, genuine goodness is the best capital to found the business of this life upon. It lasts when fame and money fail, and is the only riches we can take out of this world with us.”

Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888, novelist and poet, best known for the classic novel “Little Women” as well as various works under pseudonyms)

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“Too many people spend money they haven't earned, to buy things they don't want, to impress people that they don't like.”

Will Rogers (1879-1935, humorist, vaudeville and silent films actor, writer, radio broadcaster, and political commentator)

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“Everyone wants to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down.”

Oprah Winfrey (b. Orpah Gail Winfrey in 1954, media entrepreneur, talk show host, actress, producer, philanthropist, and more)

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“There is only one class in the community that thinks more about money than the rich, and that is the poor.”

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900, Irish playwright, novelist, essayist, and poet; best known for “The Importance of Being Earnest,” “Salome” and “The Picture of Dorian Gray”)

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“Class is an aura of confidence that is being sure without being cocky. Class has nothing to do with money. Class never runs scared. It is self-discipline and self-knowledge. It's the sure-footedness that comes with having proved you can meet life. ”

Ann Landers (1917-2002, aka Eppie Lederer, famous advice columnist who developed a newspaper readership counting in the millions)

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“Everyone wants to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down.”

— Oprah Winfrey


Yes, money is an important tool, absolutely!  We can’t lie about that. But, what makes us wealthy is true love and true friendship.  That’s the sacred currency to be cherished so that we can create healthy amounts of money to take care and support our families and to contribute to those in need.

I believe from my own personal experiences that the value we place on money and things has a direct link to how much we value and appreciate ourselves.  “Love in right order” will place money in right order too.  As Suze Orman wrote in her book, The Courage to Be Rich, “…money is attracted to people who are strong and powerful, respectful of it, and open to receiving it.”  Orman goes on to write that money will not flow into our lives if there’s anger, fear, or shame.

We must open our arms and receive our blessings, but that’s a faith walk, no doubt about it, and someone in our families had to initiate and envision a better life and take that leap of faith.  Someone had to break the patterns of scarcity and elevate the family’s vibrational capacity for increase.

In my family, it was my mother, grandmothers, and great grandmothers who were responsible for daring to envision their lives and their children’s lives beyond their wildest dreams.

It was my maternal great grandmother who worked long hours and purchased shoes for each of her eight children to walk to school rather than pulling them out of school to work in the fields. Because of her bold audacity, all of her children were successful.  For example, with a master’s degree under her belt my grandmother became an accomplished nurse, inventing procedures of her own and passing on the knowledge to her children, especially her daughter.

My mother then built upon her mother’s foundation (even at the very young ages between 16 and 27) and studied fashion and design, art, music, and opera.  She also immersed her four children in the arts and culture, enrolling them in ballet, piano, and violin classes.  She further enlarged her dreams when she and my aunt (her sister-in-law) dressed in their finest clothes and looked for houses in unwelcoming predominantly white neighborhoods of the 1960s.  My mother didn’t live long enough to buy a beautiful home in suburbia, but her children did.

At the other side of the family tree, my paternal grandmother refused to go on welfare after her husband and my grandfather left her with two small children.  Instead, she worked two jobs, one as a housekeeper and the other as a factory worker.  Because of my grandmother’s vision, dogged strength, and determination my father and aunt went college and became all that they wanted to be, professionals and scholars in their own rights.

Let us, sojourners, grow, evolve, and to be the pathfinders to increased personal and monetary values so we can inspire healthy prosperous lives for all!

Faithfully Yours, Tonya



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