That Saturday is a day I won’t forget. It was the day I lost my mind.
You see the day before I found an unexpected bounty. It happens a couple of times a year, you know when there are three paydays in a month.
No mortgage payment. The power bill was paid. No car payment. I had a whole paycheck — extra! I was going to live large.
I sauntered through Lowe’s like I owned the joint, buying tools I didn’t really need. And then I went to Foot Locker and bought a pair of tennis shoes, just because. And the Orvis store was in my sights, where I bought fishing gear for no good reason at all. I ate a huge, overpriced steak for lunch.
Come Sunday, I felt strangely cold.
It happens every time I do this.
Money leaves us empty
I realize that materialism is such a false lover. It leaves me empty in the end with nothing to show but worn-out possessions and a hefty bill to pay.
With financial woes still upon our land, we are thinking about all the things we are losing — stock balances, 401ks, big televisions, new cars. We mistakenly believe that more money will cure us. It doesn’t.