An Important Gift to Ourselves that Money Can Buy
Mrs. ToughMoneyLove and I are in Florida this week for a brief visit with my parents and other family. I won’t be writing a lot because frankly my time is better spent elsewhere.
I do want to openly acknowledge something to everyone who is kind enough to read what I write here: I am grateful to have the extra money available to make these trips possible. This time with family is a special gift to ourselves. It was not wrapped up in paper or even purchased in a store but it outranks all of those that were.
Too often we forget how much positive energy and satisfaction we derive from even these short visits we have with people we love but who are not geographically close. Sometimes we hesitate to justify the expense – hundreds of dollars for a few days. The logical part of us is resisting this money vs. time tradeoff. That hesitation would be particularly acute in tough economic times like these. Yet, after we arrived yesterday and began our visit all I realized once again that the expense for a gift of time like this is totally worth it.
So this is for all the frugalists and investors out there who are working hard to save money through deprivation and grow money in the market. Those are admirable goals to be sure. But don’t forget to mentally and emotionally allocate some of the fruits of your financial labor to buy these special gifts of time to yourself and your family. If you are making lists of money resolutions for next year, this should be on it.
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