Much of the writing on this site – mine included – can get pretty serious.
Often, the topics seem to demand or that.
But it can really help to lighten up – even about important stuff like our personal growth and achievement – and finances.
In her article Infinite Underpants!, Rebecca Fine asks, “Quick! What’s the very first thing that springs into your mind when you read or hear the M-word? (M-o-n-e-y.)
“For many people that first thing isn’t necessarily pleasant. And for others there’s a fleeting flicker of delight as they imagine having plenty of it, winning the lottery or the like, which just as quickly fades into a more familiar ‘not enough’ feeling instead…. And it’s all just so SERIOUS and HEAVY and … ugh.”
She suggests a strategy to deflate some of this over-seriousness:
“I have decided that whenever the M-word comes up in conversation or my own thinking in any way that doesn’t thoroughly delight me, I am going to quietly, secretly substitute another word — a silly word that has NONE of those negative connotations.”
Here are some examples she gives of playing with the idea on the topic of money – which can also work for other “serious” issues in our lives:
* “I’d like to have a new car, but I don’t have enough underpants.”
* “Do you think underpants grow on trees?”
* “I like the job but the underpants are awful.”
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