Today I had a couple of Jester’s Pies and I didn’t realise that I was overcharged 60 cents for them until later. At first I was peeved but then I remembered I had a “two burgers for one” deal last week. So technically I’m still in front.
The point is, all it takes is a little bit of perspective to change how you feel about anything. It all depends on how you look at it. That bargain that you thought was so worth it, actually took you half an hour to drive there and more time spent waiting in line to get it and to pay for it. So was the time worth the bargain?
Or, you may think that you are saving time by doing things the easy way now but how much is it going to cost you down the road when you have to clean up the inevitable mess from a sloppy job?
What you think that you have lost may not actually be much in the bigger scheme of things. And what you think is precious or worthwhile doing, may not be such a big deal in the long run.
No where is perspective more important than with matters of money. Do you need more money when you already have more than the average? When you don’t have to worry about food and shelter? Do you really need to buy more crap? If not to spend, do you really need to hoard away so much? Why are you working so hard for? What’s wrong with being content? Is more money worth the pettiness, the jealousies and the fighting for?
Money isn’t everything and you can’t take it with you when you die.
Greedy people are like seagulls
which eat and eat and eat;
insatiable without rhyme or reason
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The above thoughts came about when I heard news about my dad’s eldest sister and youngest brother (eldest and youngest of his family, respectively) coming to blows over how much my grandmother will give to them in her will. It all started when my uncle asked my aunty to put in more effort to look after my grandmother who is nearing 90. My aunty thought that since my uncle will get more inheritance (how they know I am not sure), he should be the one doing most of the work anyway.
What makes it worse is that she’s always been selfish and her family had already inherited a tidy sum from her husband’s parents. So why is she so petty for? Why does she need more money? How the hell would she be able to spend it all? It’s greed, pure and simple.
That it happened so close to Mother’s Day is quite disheartening too. I hope for my aunty’s sake who is 67, that her own children don’t follow her example. Then again, perhaps she would deserve it. Karma is a biatch.