By – Odey Emmanuel
A herculean task I must admit, to shut down your loose urge for frivolities and uphold the spirit of maturity and wise spending. This is not a thing of strength or craft or skill, it is a complete show of the matured mind to subject oneself to buying only the things one NEEDS at a particular time even as we place a halt on the WANTS that will always come calling.
It is the culture of self discipline that transcends into our day to day life. So that we spend our money on the things we require rather than on the fickle temptations that strike us every now and then. It requires discipline to not give in and not to be caught off guard allowing us spend so exorbitantly from the small we have amassed over a long period of time, leaving us with regret and gnashing of teeth and inevitable raining down of tears.
A Man must learn not to live above his means, he must be satisfied with himself, he must understand that this principles may be difficult but there are nonetheless relevant and by all means consequential in its application and adherence. They have proven over time that there keep a man far away from trouble and stand in for him when the menace of trials and hardship are let loose and searching for who to devour. For such a man of high discipline and character, his home becomes a fortress, impregnable by even his own careless thoughts. He is so cultured and discipline he rarely spends money on anything by chance or accident. He is easily pointed fingers as being too economical, ungenerous and a skinflint or a miser, but he is sure to stay atop the river when everyone is drowning in the murky waters of lack and debts. He is like that lady who will not succumb to the deceitful desires of her heart that speaks through her friend in the shoes she wears or the sumptuous dresses she adorns herself in. She has chosen to be blind to what she sees because experience has taught her to be mindful of what she engages her eyes in by day before they begin to call at her by night. She must learn to be a good wife, to make useful the small that has been given her today, so that the abundance of tomorrow does not get the better of her. She must understand that wealth is a relative term so that the little she thinks she has is another man’s plenty and vice versa. We must all learn the culture of frugality and embrace our present status without a grumble on our faces for the bird that flies today without perching crawled yesterday without shame.