An old man told me a story about his late cousin who used most part of his active life in service to pay off a mortgage. He wanted to build a mansion so he took a huge loan for it.
All other dreams he had were buried in his quest to build this mansion as he was stretched to the limits. He died shortly after his retirement and in a few years, his wife and the two children he left behind had no real-time use for his mansion. To them, it was too big, a waste of space and, to all intent and purposes, old-fashioned. So they sold the house off to buy a smaller apartment and some cars.
The man who told me this story was pained for one thing: that mansion was the reason his cousin could hardly take care of other life’s necessities. He literally lived for it but shortly after he was gone, it was up for sale.
Friend, slow down sometimes and take good care of yourself.
I know you like to save for tomorrow, but today happens to be a tomorrow you once talked about. For many people, their tomorrow never comes as they bury themselves in the race to secure a future.
Build house for yourself and not for your children. Rather equip them with the capacity to build for themselves. Your taste today will not be their taste tomorrow.
When you are no more, they will throw a big party for their friends in the name of giving you a “befitting burial”. Please endeavor to throw some for yourself while still alive.
Slow down and pamper yourself a bit. There is a kind of joy and fulfilment that come from eating from the fruits of your labor. My friend, eat it. It is a gift of God.
Pamper your feet. Wear good shoes. Eat good food. Dress well, all within your means and not on credit. Don’t be like people whose tomorrow never comes.
Today is the tomorrow you once looked forward to.
Enjoy where you are, on the way to where you are going.