Here’s another sticky point about money. By its very nature it is taking us away from the present. Originally we all bartered. Chicken for wood, my help in construction for your cow, etc. skill and effort matted as much as luck. Then money came along to allow “fair trade” deferring what one party brings to the barter agreement.

I don’t quite know what I am saying, butit is something about being a giver v a taker. Where giving represents being generative, adding to our world in some way and the other is simply a consumer. In capitalism consumers have a vital role, and I often argue to myself that conscious consumerism is a generative act.

Since I am not a maker, adding to society means something more abstract. And I struggle with that. It’s not as simple as production. I use the word generation. But I struggle with all of it.

At my most philosophical I think that the enlightened state is the exact point between production and consumption. That is where living each day is the focus, we don’t rush forward. It is not my natural state. Maybe no ones?

I’m trying to change my mental picture from treading water to floating. You stay in the same spot. However one takes a hell of a lot more effort than the other.

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Anna Rosenblum Palmer is a freelance writer based in Denver, CO. She writes about sex, parenting, cat pee, bi-polar disorder and the NFL; all things inextricably intertwined with her mental health. In her free time she teaches her boys creative swear words, seeks the last missing puzzle piece and thinks deeply about how she is not exercising. Her writing can be found on Babble,, Great Moments in Parenting, Ravishly, Good Men Project, Sammiches and Psych Meds, Playpen, Crazy Good Parent, and YourTango. She also does a fair amount of navel gazing on her own blog at

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