After spending some time with an acquaintance recently, I realized how thankful I am to be financially stable. We don’t live paycheck to paycheck like so many people do. That is how I grew up…my family always lived payday to payday, sometimes floating checks to cover until money became available.
I realized this small family was living this way. At nearly 40 yrs old, I am so glad I don’t have to add financial stress to my list of worries.
We are financially ok. We have savings. We have college funds for the kids. We are actually GOOD at saving and budgeting.
We aren’t one small incident from disaster. If the car needs repair, we can handle it. If something breaks at home, we can repair or replace it.
I recently paid for an aquaintance to purchase a headstone for her father. A young girl, single mom, who had lost her father too young. Her family doesn’t have much, and she was trying to raise the money herself.
The stone wasn’t fancy, and she chose it to be inexpensive. Considering she couldn’t afford anything, she chose the inexpensive option and asked for help. Her efforts were mostly ignored. Initially, I donated a small amount. I had hoped by donating first her friends and family would step up. They didn’t. A month later, she only had one other donation.
My husband and I decided to just pay the balance. It felt good. Having lost my dad not too long ago, I understood how important this must have felt for her.
This is the first place I have spoken of it. I don’t want attention for doing it. I just hope she remembers the gesture when she can help another in some way.
I think if we could all just do random kind things, the world would be better. It doesn’t have to be financial (we just happened to be able to do this). It could be holding a door, or assisting someone with finding the soap in the store. Who knows? A small gesture can make someone’s day!
Someone always has it better, and someone always has it worse than you. This is something I try to remember.