"You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend, is about the end of any nation.

You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it."
Dr. Adrian Rogers 1931-2005
Showing posts with label simple life. making do. Show all posts
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Monday, December 8, 2008

Have We Really Forgotten?

Since I married in 1988 until today I have seen a huge change in what newlyweds start out with. Immediately the rush to have a large home with an office, crafting room, a three car garage and then fill it have become the norm. Whatever happened to NOT charging items and slowly buying things as time goes by? I have no problem if one has the means to purchase whatever they choose. My problem is with those who believe that charging is an option.

Those are the people (now 1 in 10) who are behind or are in foreclosure in their homes. I am not making wild assumptions but clearly connecting the dots.

Perhaps making do, and going without would have made all the difference in those who no cannot afford the homes they are in. Assessing our lives post Bill's accident made it clear that we had to downsize on our home so we could live within our means. This did not take away the very ideals and dreams we have. No instead it just placed them on another path.

Making do is a lesson that we must teach our children. Currently we are a need it now generation..."it's my money and I need it now", to borrow from a now infamous (annoying commercial). We must get out of this mindset or my money means nothing. It means that I owe more money than I have and I expect to be bailed out either through bankruptcy or through federal programs.

Is making do hard? Yes, but we are are not that far from the generation who had a motto:
'Use it Up, Make it Over, or Make it do.'