Revenue and paying

Where I live, in Canada’s National Capital Region, many people speak French. Perhaps the prevalence of the language around me is the reason why I began to ponder the word revenue.

In French, revenue is the feminine participle form of the verb revenir: to come back.

Elle est revenue. | She came back. 

For something to come back, it must go out in the first place. In other words, if you want revenue, put something out there, baby. She will come back. Elle reviendra.

These are the things I think about.

Also, paying attention. When we pay attention, we give our attention to something. Our attention goes out.

I don’t know about you, but when I wake up, give my head a shake, and choose to pay my close attention to a single thing in my surroundings, I always get something back.

Movement. Flow. To and fro. Giving and receiving. That’s how we get rich.

Put something out there. See what comes back.

7 thoughts on “Revenue and paying

  1. karen

    Where attention goes energy flows. Our thoughts are ultra powerful. A good shake in the morning to dispel the past and embrace the now is always a good idea – puppy does it, and so do I 😂

    1. Arlene Somerton Smith Post author

      I like that – where attention goes energy flows. I have immediately decided to ignore my laundry. 🙂
      I just returned from a beautiful walk in the Greenbelt. That was good energy!

  2. marianbeaman

    My H. S. French is really rusty, so I didn’t recall that “revenue” meant “to come back.” However, I’ve always known the law of sowing and reaping.

    I like Karen’s comment, which hits the nail on the head. Our thoughts and actions have a ripple effect. Great post, Arlene!

    1. Arlene Somerton Smith Post author

      I can’t tell you the number of times that I have heard to word spoken in French without connecting it to our English use of the term to mean funds coming in – or coming back, really. All these things, fun to think about.

  3. Ally Bean

    Like Karen I live by the adage, energy flows where attention goes. I attempt to remember that what I give doesn’t necessarily come back in kind, but comes back in some positive way. And that is good.

    1. Arlene Somerton Smith Post author

      Yes, it’s helpful to “pay attention” to the wonderful things that come our way, so many of them an indirect result of something we’ve put out into the world. Look at all the great feedback you get on your blog. What wonderful “revenue.”

      1. Ally Bean

        I’d never thought of the blog like that, but I do like how you’ve phrased it. Kind of a return on investment approach to blogging!

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