Ram Dass tells a wonderful story about a Russian farmer whose prize horse ran away. Shortly after the incident, his neighbor expressed his sympathy over his loss to which the farmer replied, “You never know.” The horse returned with a wild mare and the neighbor offered congratulations. Again, the reply was, “You never know.” Then the farmer’s son tried to break the wild mare and the horse broke her leg, so one more time the neighbor offered his sympathies to which the farmer replied, “You never know.” A short time later the Cossacks came through the village taking young men to fight but left the farmer’s son because he was worthless to them with a broken leg. The neighbor said the farmer was very fortunate and you can guess what the farmer replied.
Think of times in your life when unexpected twists and turns led to surprising outcomes. What can you learn from your own experiences that may make you less likely to make quick judgments?
Money Saving Tip
Coupons only save you money if you were going to buy the product anyway. Make your shopping list and only use coupons for items on your list or items (like canned or paper goods) that you can store for later use. Buying a product you don’t need just because you have a coupon wastes your money and means the marketing people won!
What made you smile today?
What made you proud of your money choices today?