Do what you love to do.” That is the Morality Imperative. It’s a statement that we are made aware of at a very young age, and it seems to become an almost instinctive response to the knowledge that you are caring for someone or that you’re working to improve something. And yet, even as we grow up with this understanding of what it means to do things that make people happy, we continue to ignore the opportunities that exist for doing things that make other people unhappy – or even harming them. Is there some hidden meaning to this?
I believe that one of the things that’s been hidden from us is the simple fact that the more you do that which you perceive to be evil or that which you believe to be bad, the more you’re likely to do it. The money we have all that seems so easy to get isn’t so easy to keep when we’re broke and working at a minimum wage job; and yet, we keep searching for the elusive – the ‘registry key’ to the ‘money tree’. This might seem like a contradiction, but it really isn’t. What most people don’t understand is that the key to the money tree is inside your head.
Think about it. You can help yourself. There are things you can control. You’re a powerful person – you have the ability to think, act and achieve great things. Do you use it? Well, if you’re living in the USA, Canada, UK or Western Europe, chances are that you do.
The moral imperative of doing good with your money is really nothing more than a statement of your commitment to living a life that helps other people. It’s not about helping yourself. And it certainly isn’t about becoming some sort of ‘good guy’. It has everything to do with being generous and appreciating what you have in your life.
Let’s be clear – you’re definitely not required to be super rich before you can be generous. But in order to live your life in a financially comfortable way, you’re required to understand your financial issues. You need to understand where you’re coming from and how you got where you are. You need to understand where you’re going and how you’re getting there. The only way to do this is to get a handle on your emotions about money and financial issues.
So how do you do this? I’m not talking here about any kind of self-help book, e-book, online course or seminar. I’m talking about getting clear about the reality that you are in debt and that you’re going to have to pay it back. Then you’ll need to focus on taking steps to correct that situation.
So, let’s assume you’ve gotten this message. And you’ve made some important financial decisions. Your first priority is to look at your debt load. Now, one thing you’ll need to do is to decide what proportion of that load you want to eliminate. In other words, you’ll need to decide how much you’re willing to lose in order to improve your financial situation.
Once you’ve done this, you’ll need to decide what actions you’ll take to make those improvements. This may include cutting some expenses. Or it might mean hiring somebody to help you with your planning and implementation. Or, it might mean joining a volunteer organization. If that makes sense to you, then by all means join a volunteer organization today.
But, of course, that doesn’t mean you have to give up your job. Indeed, that’s one of the most important lessons you can learn: you can still be a good employer, despite being a burden to your family. You’re going to need to take steps to ensure you’re motivating and encouraging your employees to succeed.
The final part of this process involves looking at the people in your life. You will find that, as the parent, you have the greatest influence on your children. So, the moral imperative of doing good with your child can be expressed in this way: you want your kids to grow up well. So, you’ll want to spend as much time as possible ensuring they are growing up well.
As a single parent, it may be very difficult to balance your moral imperative of doing good with your desires for a happy family unit. However, you’ll need to find a way to balance those desires against your instinctive feeling of obligation to help your kids. After all, there’s a reason why you came into this world. You created it to bring happiness and joy into the lives of others. Don’t let that end when it comes to your own happiness.