Sept 2018 £0 Challenge Part 6: Having Nothing vs Having No Money

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Starting with £236 in the bank, I thought it would take me just a couple of weeks to run out of money when I took on my £0 challenge in 2014. In fact, it took me over 6 weeks to get to zero, because as my bank balance declined, other resources came forward.

Since I challenged myself publically, to seek no paid work until I had no money at all, people who knew me approached me for exchanges and favours. I did some house sitting in London. I was fed and watered for a few days as I helped a friend move to Wales. During my 6week decline, I lived on less than job-seekers allowance, yet I was not in poverty. Poverty is the state of not having your basic needs met, because of lack of resources, one of which is money.

But money is a trickster, which fools us into thinking that it is our only resource, rather than one of many, since it can be exchanged for so many things. I finished yesterday’s Pause by sharing that on the day I ran to zero, I realized that I didn’t have “nothing”, I just didn’t have any money. The challenge showed me how much I had to be grateful for besides my bank balance. When we count money, we count a figure, but more importantly, we count. What happens when we see the value of what we can’t count?

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from Pause For Thought: BBC Radio Devon, released January 30, 2017

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