Jonathan Swift, one of the great Irish writers, was noted for his satire and for Gulliver’s Travels. Swift had, and used, some good old fashioned common sense. Notice:
“A wise man should have money in his head, but not in his heart.”
Hats off to Mr. Swift. Most of us Americans attempt to operate financially in the emotional, heart realm. This results in houses so full of junk that we have to rent storage space from people who think money instead of feeling it. By the way, I like Dave Ramsey’s financial planning seminars. Joyce’s grandmother taught her about putting money in marked envelopes to pay bills.
Swift’s philosophy on money is good, and I believe biblical, in that by using his approach you control money, rather than the opposite. Money in your head instead of your heart does away with impulse buying, which is a major waste of money.
Years ago I read a book by J. Paul Getty titled How To Be Rich. It was not about getting rich, but being rich. A good book. J. Paul Getty, at the time reputed to be among the richest men in the world, never carried more than Twenty Five dollars in cash, with the idea of resisting impulse buying. I seldom carry much more than that, but for a far different reason.
Ecclesiastes 10:19 “A feast is made for laughter, and wine maketh merry: but money answereth all things.”
Copyright © 2013 Larry Lilly