What the fox said to the little prince

by | Jul 30, 2012

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One day a little prince comes upon a fox.

“Come and play with me,” proposed the little prince. “I am so unhappy.”

“I cannot play with you,” the fox said. “I am not tamed.”

“Ah! Please excuse me,” said the little prince, “What does it mean ‘tame’?”

“It is an act too often neglected,” said the fox. “It means to establish ties.”

“What must I do to tame you?” asked the little prince.

“You must be very patient,” replied the fox. “First you will sit down at a little distance from me like that in the grass. I shall look at you out of the corner of my eye, and you will say nothing. Words are the source of misunderstanding. But you will sit closer to me every day.”

The next day the little prince came back.

“It would have been better to came back at the same hour,” said the fox. If, for example, you come at four o’clock in the afternoon, then at three o’clock, I shall begin to be happy. I shall feel happier and happier as the hour advances. At four o’clock, I shall already be worrying and jumping about. I shall show you how happy I am! But if you come at just any time, I shall never know at what hour my heart must be ready to greet you.”

~ From The Little Prince, by Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Money is like a fox waiting to be tamed

Imagine that money is a fox. Could it be that the reason it has been hard to get or manage or hold onto is that it needs to be tamed?

Taming takes proximity, patience, and nurture. You tame money when you approach it with your eyes and heart open. You tame money when you patiently investigate your stressful beliefs about it. And you tame money when you show up and care for it consistently.

When it comes to money, we are wild things, too

Wealth is a two-way relationship, but many of us are wild things when it comes to money, alert to danger, poised for fight or flight.

In order to create and experience wealth, we need to be tamed, too.

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By taming herself she became more skillful at taming money.

Questions for reflection

Where does money need me to tame it?

How am I like a wild thing in my relationship with money?

What becomes possible for me if I am tamed?

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