What Do You Really Need?

Have you noticed there are valuable lessons to be learned when the economy sinks into oblivion?

Those dollar bills are not just pieces of paper taking up space in your wallet – ye gads, they are really worth something! I actually saw a lady stop and pick up a coin on the sidewalk and a small child pick up a penny. That’s amazing! Some stores are starting to offer layaway plans again and even the National Banks of moms and dads and grandparents are looking for bailouts.

In the midst of all of this, will we learn a lesson? We tell the Government they must have more oversight, and make sure they are spending taxpayer’s money wisely. I agree, but at the same time, until recently, not many of us would have ordered a hamburger instead of that steak we wanted. Restaurants are cutting portions now so they can reduce prices and stay in business. Without super sizing everything we eat, maybe we will quit super sizing our bodies and become healthier.

It is not easy to face reality. For too long the saying “I want what I want when I want it” has been what most people lived by. Just for the record, I am 84 years young, I never had granite counter tops, stainless steel appliances, a separate sew/craft room, a play room for the kids or their dad never had a guy’s room, we just all lived together in the whole house, enjoyed each other’s fun and laughter, suffered with each others aches and pains and always picked up coins on the street and valued each dollar bill. Sound dull? Maybe so, but the ice box in the kitchen and the staples in the pantry were always in abundance and every time we were able to upgrade our life style, we knew the joy of accomplishment came by living with what we could afford and not obsessing over what we could not afford.

Young people take note. A house or car you can’t afford will not give you love, offer you warm arms when you are ill or share dreams with you. Be patient, life is not a quick spin around the block – life is a journey to be taken slowly with wonderful surprises at every turn in the road. Don’t waste a minute of it.

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