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Pagan savings challenge, week forty-seven: rising tides

I just finished writing daily hymns to Poseidon for the past month, so I hope readers will forgive a tendency to use oceanic metaphors as I ponder this week in the Pagan savings challenge.  Some economists love the idea that, "a rising tide lifts all boats," although some have questioned whether the sentiment -- which is attributed to President Kennedy, but was actually borrowed by him in turn -- is more grounded in reality, or just a recipe for grounded boats.

With just a few short weeks left, I certainly feel that this tide, crafted of my will, is lifting my boat just fine.  The growing pile of cash I see before me each week is a testament to my will and my relationship with the spirits of money.

Even as I pat myself on the back, however, I am mindful that the only way that the rising tide of my own will floats any other boats is if I, well, will it.

Regular readers are likely aware that my plan for this money is to buy a fireplace insert, or at least come up with a whopping down payment for one, as an offering to Hestia and to appeal to my deep desire to be decadently warm in the dark, wintery months.  That should benefit whoever makes the insert, sells it to me, and installs it, thereby making me a job creator.  It appears that it will also lift the boat of my firewood provider, but that's not so clear, since we are also insulating our house this year.

But when it comes right down to it, this work will not directly benefit the cold and homeless, the poor and marginalized, the victimized and the oppressed.  Brought together with others in similar money work, it could well do that, and that is the true power of money:  to transform lives.  The fact that I am planning on using this humble work simply to change my own life in no way dilutes the transformative power of money.

What boats will you lift with this tide?

My week forty-seven savings:  $1,128, 4.2% ($47) of which I added today.

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Terence P Ward is a business writer and journalist who blogs under the rather cumbersome moniker of True Pagan Warrior.  He can generally be found at home, tending to his gardens and the many demands of his cats; in the alternative, follow TPW on Facebook. 


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