Posts Tagged ‘finances’

July 27 Daily Quote

Friday, September 28th, 2012

Every day I get up and look through the Forbes list of the richest people in America. If I’m not there, I go to work.
Robert Orben

 

It works for money. It works for other things too. If, each morning, you get up and discover that you haven’t quite reached the goals you have made for yourself or you haven’t quite gained the things you feel are most important, get up and start working on them.

 

April 30 Daily Verse

Monday, April 30th, 2012

2 Corinthians 9:8

And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work.

Lord, we want to thank You for the abundance You have brought to our lives. Help us keep in mind that You gave to us so that we could give to others. Teach us to rightly manage our finances that we will have enough for others less fortunate then ourselves. Guide us in the proper way to distribute the abundance You have provided.

April 12 Quote of the Day

Friday, April 13th, 2012

If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.
Lao Tzu

It’s good to stop every now and then and take stock of yourself. Today, spend a little time looking over your life. Is the career path you’ve taken meeting the needs of both yourself and your family? Are the relationships you’re in being lovingly maintained? Is the way you handle your finances working towards the goals you hope to achieve? Take a good look at the direction in which you are walking. Do you really want to be where you’re heading?

March 23 Daily Quote

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

There was a time when a fool and his money were soon parted, but now it happens to everybody.
Adlai E. Stevenson

Seems about right to me!

Everyone Has Nicer Things Than Me!

Friday, January 6th, 2012

The little one had a meltdown today. Her friend down the street got a new bike for Christmas. She doesn’t have a new bike. The neighbor boy got a new bike for Christmas, too. Why didn’t she have a new bike? Everyone has nicer things than she does. Just ask her. She was sobbing and telling us how terrible her life was because she didn’t get a new bike for Christmas. The doll that talks, the roller blades, the doll highchair, the new COMPUTER, the numerous other items under that tree pale in comparison to the new bike her friend has. At first, I sent her to her room until she could tell me ten things she had that she was proud of. She just couldn’t find anything that could compare with the new bikes.

So I decided it was time for her to learn a hard lesson. There will always be someone who has something nicer than you have. I pointed out that other people have bigger houses than we do. Other people we know have nicer cars. Grandpa got in the act and complained that other people had nicer computers than he does. Other people have bigger aquariums than he has. Her response? “It’s not fair!” My answer? “Life is not fair!” It was time for her to recognize that, while there may be others who have more, there are many others who have less. She has her own room done up in pink and white just like she likes it. Many children don’t even have a room at all. Our car works just fine and helps us give rides to those who don’t have cars at all. Whenever she complains of being hungry, we tell her to go in the cupboard and get a snack. Many children don’t have cupboards or snacks at all. I could see that these were concepts that were simply outside her ability to understand. If they didn’t have a room, they should just get a bigger house. Their parents should just go buy a car and go to the grocery store. I tried another tactic.

I explained that we can’t always have what we want the minute we want it. I pointed out that I had wanted a breakfast nook table for our kitchen for a long time. I didn’t have the money right away to get what I wanted so I had to wait until I saved enough money to get it. That she understood. Sometimes you have to wait and save up your money. The tears stopped. Unfortunately, not because she was embracing the lesson but because all this talk about saving money reminded her that she hadn’t gotten her allowance yet. Whenever she gets her allowance, she gets to go to the store and spend it. This time was no different. She had to go shopping. She is content in the knowledge that we will do the saving for the bike while she does the spending of her allowance for other things. Someday I will have to explain that she is the one who has to work for what she wants and that it is her money that she has to save to get it. Preferably before she goes to occupy Wall Street with the rest of the dreamers who think they should have the good life without working for it.

February 28 Quote of the Day

Tuesday, February 29th, 2000

For a lot of people, the weekly paycheck is ‘take-home pay’ because home is the only place they can afford to go with it.
Charles A. Jaffe

Sounds right to me!