We tend to think that when we have enough money, then we'll be free. But freedom seems to be much more a state of mind than a condition of our bank account. Granted, we need money to live. Someone said, "There's a certain Buddhist calm that comes from having money in the bank." But perhaps real freedom and real prosperity come when we are no longer afraid of money— neither afraid of having money nor of not having money. When we realize that as long as we are worried— whether we have money or not— we are not free, perhaps we can begin to make freedom, not money, our goal in life. And we find the freer we are both inside and outside of ourselves, the less is money an issue.