“Money is only a tool. It will take you wherever you wish, but it will never replace you as the driver.”
Now, I read a version of this story in Sue Stone’s latest book “The Power Within You Now!” And whilst it’s a little tongue-in-cheek, it powerfully demystifies the pedestal on which we have put money, over the millennia.
It was a slow day in a quaint Irish town. It was raining and the streets were deserted. Times are hard, shops are going under, almost everybody is having a tough time making ends meet and in debt.
On this particular day a rich German drives into town; stopping at the local hotel, he lays a €100 note on the desk, telling the hotel owner he wants to inspect the rooms so that he can select one in which to spend the night.
The owner hands him the keys and, as soon as the visitor is out of sight, the hotelier grabs the €100 note and runs next door to pay his debt to the butcher.
The butcher takes the €100 note and runs down the street to repay his debt to the pig farmer.
The pig farmer takes the €100 note and heads off to pay his bill at the feed co-op.
The guy at the Farmers’ Co-op takes the €100 note and runs to pay his drinks bill at the pub.
The publican slips the money to the local ‘lady of the night’ drinking at the bar, who has fallen on hard times and had to offer her services on credit.
She rushes to the hotel and pays off her room bill to the hotel owner with the €100 note.
The hotel proprietor puts the €100 note back on the counter.
At that moment the traveller comes down the stairs, and states that the rooms are not up to par, promptly picks up the €100 note, pockets the money, and leaves.
No one produced anything. No one earned anything. However, the whole town is now out of debt and looking forward to a brighter future.
You might have more, or you might have less numbers in your bank account than the next person, but it all works just the same way!