As we know (or if you don’t you can click here and see some of them) I have a bunch of savings goals that I’d like to achieve and I am working hard to reach them. They involve having self-discipline and saying no to myself when I want to eat out or go shopping for things I don’t really need. They involve being careful with my money and thinking about what I’m doing it with it now so that later I can spend it on things that matter to me.
My savings challenges that I set forth are all well in good on paper/blog, but they don’t always take into account the human component and the fact that I’m a person who is very tied to my friends and family. I believe that our personal connections are worth more than money. Spending time with people is something I enjoy. If an impromptu dinner with a friend I haven’t seen in far too long makes me have dinner out more than twice or trip home to visit family pops up and sends me over my gas budget for the month, I’m not going to say no. I’m going to take a hit on my challenges and spend the money to make sure that those people know that they are loved (and enjoy their company!).
I also believe that we should share our good fortune with those who are not as fortunate and show gratitude when given the chance. This means when given the opportunity to help someone reach their dreams I’ll do what I can or is reasonable, it means that when I’m getting lunch and there is a soldier behind me in line, you can be sure that I’ll be paying for theirs too as a gesture of thanks and gratitude for what they give up for me to have my hour lunch and general freedoms.
Does this mean that my challenges will take that much longer to achieve? Yes, but people matter to me. People matter a lot.
How about you? What do you think?