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A Hard Look at EASY MONEY

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Monday, July 2, 2012

Poof and it’s gone! Quick cash can go as quickly as it comes and have us exclaiming “I thought I had it all!” “Where did it go?” Stop!!! How about asking instead, “Why did it go so quickly?” As we are in quick pursuit of getting or acquiring, we have to constantly keep asking ourselves two questions. Firstly, what could this new acquisition truly cost us in dollars and cents and secondly, what would it cost us later on? We could be heading nowhere fast, just for the sake of ‘a quick buck!’ Blinded by self-centred or egotistical desires, our minds could erroneously be programmed to achieve or acquire at all cost. Sadly at times, ‘we just must have what we must have!’ We may not have the money set aside for what we desire, but we may be willing to do anything to fulfill those desires. What is required before blindly answering the ‘lure of easy money’ is patience. It is still a virtue and a quality that we must be willing to embrace, IF we are to ensure that we operate and exist with the highest financial integrity. Temptations will come, but we can send them back from whence they came! 

There are some bargains that have nothing lasting to gain! Once the ‘gain’ is wiped out or removed, what is left are the ‘bars’! What we have to learn is that easy come, easy go! So much can be lost if we persist in getting the quick bucks! We need to slow down! For example, have you ever seen what happens to those who persist in rushing ahead on the road for the sake of making quick money? They meet the accident first and in some cases cause it! As a consequence, they end up spending much more! I repeat, we need to slow down! ‘Easy money for the take’ can very easily turn into a big headache! There are needs and there are wants. Examine each closely. Do we need what we want, or want what we need and we have to ask ourselves if are we willing to patiently save for either? Part of the problem is that we spend too quickly and because we do it so swiftly, we hardly recognise that we spend more than we earn. Done repeatedly, we can end up in great debt! This then can force us to look for ‘easy money’ to buffer what we may be legitimately earning, but be warned, we can end up earning some hard time!
 
Our reputations and our entire careers may be affected as a result of us striving blindly for easy money. Some, for their own sinister reasons, may try to pull us along to acquire the ‘ill gain’, but we don’t have to give in. What at first may appear to be an innocent coax, can turn into a blatant hoax. Take a hard look at ‘hard look’ and see that it’s not too far from ‘hard work’. Be prepared to work hard for what you need and do so honestly. In the final analysis, the ultimate choices are ours. We must choose wisely! We must choose to make principled choices that are open to scrutiny. We shouldn’t be involved in the deals or bargains that require us to hide to seek the profits. What is hidden will come to light! Somebody somewhere is watching. Somebody somewhere is still waiting to find out what happened to all that they had; all that they got so quickly! With ‘easy money’ it can all vanish into thin air! Poof and it’s gone! Send your questions and/or comments to [email protected]

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