When talking about currency, we tend to think of money and what that money can buy. But let’s look at currency in terms of giving and receiving. There is much that we both give and receive in life outside the realm of money, and becoming conscious of this can open up a new world of wealth.
Before discussing currencies of the Visionary Troubadour, let’s look at some of what there is to receive. I’m going to label this “income” for the sake of facilitating a paradigm shift in our view of money/exchange/etc., but these are not things that you buy or trade for, they are just things you are gifted.
- Invitations – Being invited deeply into beautiful families, communities, homes, adventures and experiences.
- Welcomes – Being welcomed and feeling welcome. When you are “homeless” traveling the world, feeling welcome becomes quite elevated as a value.
- Trust – Being trusted.
- Connection – Connecting with the heart of the locals, of the people you meet.
- Affection – Being nurtured, touched and loved.
- Safety – Again big as you move through the world.
These are values which for me comprise a lot of my “wealth.” And I could add to this list plenty of material things that are often gifted like shared meals, accommodation, travel expenses and more; but my emphasis here is on things money can’t buy, which are incredibly important on the VT path.
Currencies of the Visionary Troubadour
Again when I say currency, we might be inclined to think of something that you trade with, something that you use to pay for something else. But in the Visionary Troubadour context, these are things you gift, not trade. Some include the following:
- Verbal Gratitude – Voicing your gratitude and appreciation for something you’ve been given
- Deeply Felt Gratitude – I’m making a distinction here, because saying Thank You is easy and culturally conditioned, but to allow yourself to deeply feel your gratitude can be magnitudes different. And I consider it a much bigger gift to give those who are sharing life with you.
- Appreciation – There’s a distinction between what I am calling gratitude and appreciation that I’d like to emphasize, and that is seeing and tasting the beauty in people, places and things, especially beauty that most others might not see or really appreciate. In Latin America your ability to TASTE the deliciousness of the women, the food, the way of life, etc., goes very, very far and is something I am learning to do.
- Acts of Service – Little things like washing the dishes, cleaning the space you’re sharing with a family, designing a web site, gardening, the list is endless of course.
- Offering Support/Service – Many times there is not much you can do to help someone, depending on the circumstance, but an offer to help in any way is in itself a gift you can give. And if the other person comes across a way you can help, they know that you’re there.
- Your Gifts/Talents – The things you’ve been paid to do before, as well as things that really interest you can be quite valuable to share.
- Your Culture – Realize it or not, your culture brings many gifts for those of other cultures. Sharing these by way of entertainment, wisdom,
- Your Language – In many places I visit people are so excited to speak with a native English speaker. Of course I’d usually prefer to speak their language, but being present with them, playing with them and enjoying them as they practice their English is a gift I can give.
- Your Trust – Trusting others to show you around town, to help you, etc., goes a long way.
- Receiving – It may seem counter-intuitive, but receiving what another would like to give you is one of the biggest gifts you can give.
Assets of the Visionary Troubadour
Some of the assets of a Visionary Troubadour, which determines how much you can give and receive, include the following:
- Capacity to Give
- Capacity to Receive
- Capacity to Connect
- Capacity to Appreciate
- Humour – especially the capacity and willingness to laugh at one’s self and one’s culture
The lists above are of course only partial. On this path though, I am looking to expand ways I can gift without expectations to receive and ways I can expand my capacity/skill to give. It is transforming me daily.
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