I had conversation recently with a friend who told me how he liked the way that the tagline for my business "Find Your Flow" aligned with the word currency which he explained actually comes from the Latin verb currere, meaning “to run” (also related to the noun current which means to flow, like a river).
While I have heard this reference before, the language of money wasn't the real inspiration behind the mantra of "Find Your Flow" (which instead originated from time spent on my yoga mat). But his comments had me intrigued and I started to wonder whether there are other ways that we make reference to money as water or liquid metaphors in our daily life.
After some thought and research, this is what I came up with:
Like the tidal flow of water, our money is said to inflow and outflow. This movement of money into and out of our lives creates our cashflow.
When we have money we are said to be liquid or have liquidity and our liquid assets are said to be those assets that we can easily turn into cash.
If we’re not in debt; we’re said to be solvent, but if we have too much debt or are experiencing financial difficulties then it’s often said that we’re in over our head, deep in debt or struggling to keep our head above water. We might even need someone to bail us out.
When we invest in something, we are said to pour or sink our money into it. We can also channel or funnel our money into something.
If we waste money, we are said to throw it down the drain. We may also dip into our savings or have a tendency to spend up large or splash out.
If someone is taking our money, they’re said to be sponging off us and if our money dries up and no longer flows then our assets are likely to be frozen.
Interesting, right? I think so!
Whether it's in yoga or with our finances, we can find flow when we have an intention, we're connected and conscious of our movement and behaviours, we move with purpose and in alignment and we have balance.
What do you think?
I'd love to hear your thoughts - do you know have any other metaphors for money that you can share?
Sourced from Macmillan English Dictionary & D Nicholls