I believe that part of creating health is knowing what you stand far, and living accordingly. So I love it when my own mis-alignments get pointed out. Well, OK – I don’t love the feeling of the discovery, but I welcome the opportunity to make a course correction.

I love books. From early childhood, I have read voraciously. I value books, deeply.

I love small, local businesses. I enjoy living in a community that has lots of unique shops and services. I value small businesses, deeply.

So, when I received an email from one of my favorite local bookstores asking their patrons to come in and spend $100 to help them through a cash flow crunch, I had this “ah ha” moment. I think of myself as a person who supports local bookstores, but I realized it had been months since I actually bought a book, and more than a year since I had been in this particular bookstore.

Whoa – what is up with that?! Well, I am also a big supporter of libraries, and I frequent the Piedmont Avenue branch. Which is great. But if I want my favorite local bookstores to stay in business, it doesn’t cut it to just think fondly about them. I need to SUPPORT them. Brick and mortar small business are a threatened “species”, and if I don’t walk my talk, I am part of the problem.

So, I am going to head down to Laurel Bookstore this weekend and spend some money. And I am shifting some of my monthly budget to “buy books”. Oh, how difficult will that will be!

Obviously, there are lots of different ways we express our values; how we spend our money is only one of them. But an important one. Money is the embodiment of our life force energy. Using it in ways that reflect who you are brings you into greater alignment. Is there anywhere you need to make a course correction?

Kirstin Lindquist, L.Ac.

Photo: “Credit Card” by 401(K) 2012 – https://flic.kr/p/ayZf5K

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