“You can only milk a cow for so long, then you’re left holding the pail.”
What kind of plans have you made for the future? Do you expect everything to go as it always has, or do you have plans to cope with pitfalls you may eventually face?
Many things could happen to change your current status. Loss of your job, a health issue, a drastic increase in utilities, taxes or fees, or even a lawsuit or divorce can make a sudden shift in your ability to cope with your circumstances.
As Mr. Aaron put it, do you have another cow if the one you are currently milking runs dry? Having a backup cow in the barn is a really good idea.
In our last episode of Daggers Of The Mind, a quote from George Takei was featured. In his book “ To The Stars”, he said that as soon as he was earning some money acting, he began buying real estate rental properties. By its very nature, acting doesn’t always give a steady paycheck, he wanted a more stable form of income while being free to accept and turn down roles as he saw fit.
At its most basic application, your extra cow could be a savings account you slowly accumulate over time to cover emergencies, and eventually retirement. Start a steady contribution to a plan you don’t have easy access to, and then some type of savings you could access in small emergencies such as unexpected car repairs.
According to Suze Orman:
If you are worried about job security and do not have an adequate emergency fund (ideally eight months’ worth of living expenses stashed away in a federally insured bank or credit union), you need to focus more on saving money than paying down the balance on your credit cards.
We could all use some adjustments to our financial lives. Make sure you have an adequate backup, but then continue to milk that cow while it is in the barn!!
“Words are little bombs, and they have a lot of energy inside them.”
Have you ever considered the power of your words? In centuries past the most respected people in the world were those who had the best command of language. Words can move people to love, hate, and take actions they would not have considered, such as going to war.
Superstitious people were often afraid of a witch or warlock casting a “spell” on them. Have you ever wondered why it was called a “spell”? I believe many times a person accused of being a witch was just a person who was skilled at persuasion, spelling it out so skillfully they were able to change others minds as if by magic. Fear and words of hysteria did the rest, and sometimes in extreme cases, resulted in a burning at the stake.
While we are speaking of burning, in the Bible, The book of James chapter 3 the tongue is spoken of quite fluently.
Verse 2: For in many things we offend all. If a man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body.
Verses 5 and 6: Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth! And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on the fire the course of nature; and is set on fire of hell.
I assure you this is not turning into a sermon, but this has to be some of the most direct words in literature of the power, for good for evil, of our words.
Our words are likened to fire. Fire is great when used properly to cook food, to make our cars run, or to save lives. Then there are forest fires. They usually start from a very small spark from a passing ATV, a forgotten camp fire, or a single match by an arsonist. One small, harsh word can create a world of hurt when it gets out of control in the rumor mill. One small, encouraging word can change the world.
What you say and how you say it, can change the course of someone’s day, and sometimes their life. Every time you speak, the person you address, and even those who overhear can’t help but be changed by it. Why not try to help those you meet instead of cursing them?
From the website SpreadKindness.org comes this quote from the Dalai Lama:
This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.
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