Every Friday will be Grab a Brew (tea or a beer if you fancy) day because as I bring you the best personal finance post from around the web I want you to take some time from your day to learn something new. We don’t often realize that a simple smile might make someone’s day because we get so caught up in every day business that for some people life seems to be stuck in a hole. It’s not until the weekend arrives that many come back to life and want to get the party started.
Have you ever thought about when the last time was that you did something that made someone’s day? I hadn’t until I met up with someone who taught me to just step back from life and enjoy it before it passes me by. I’ve done just that lately and it’s been an eye opener for me. Sometimes we let the best of life catch up with us and we don’t know that what consumes our lives may also allow us to miss out on opportunities even the smallest of them.
The Old Happy Guy
The other day while out walking our dog we stopped off to chat to our 84-year-old neighbour who we call the old happy guy. He’s always got a smile on his face. He was so kind as to give us an elephant’s ear hosta for our garden a couple of weeks back and made our day saving us over $100 if we were to buy it from a garden centre. We wanted to stop by to drop off some jam for them to say thank-you because we know how much they liked the last jar we gave to them.
In the 20 minutes that we pulled him away from his gardening we learned about personal finance, real estate, retirement and life. We thought since the topic of money came up now was a great time to pick his brain. He’s living the life that we may well live one day so why not learn from him. At the end of the conversation he said, “thanks for stopping by” and we knew that the simple gesture of chatting made his day.
He’s not the only one that we stop to talk to but we make it a part of our day to say hello to others, ask questions so we can learn something new and smile. I don’t think our neighbour knows it but he made our day by sharing his knowledge and wisdom with us.
While reading an article online last night the writer shared a true story about a gentleman who found 2 x$100 bills on the ground. Instead of pocketing the money he gave money away to a Tim Horton’s drive-thru associate. It’s times like this when I read about the good things that people do that make all the negatives feel small. Too often we worry about how much money we have, who has the better job, you know what I’m talking about.
That doesn’t matter, life matters, happiness matters and taking time which is valuable to all of us and sharing it with someone else whether you know them or not. They could be your pal, your neighbour, f amily, friends, colleagues or if you’re the boss do something nice for your team and vice versa.
Last week when it was the May 24 holiday there was one thing I said to my wife while I was out gardening. I said, “everyone is outside”. It was true, all the neighbours were outside gardening and chatting to each other and we heard laughter, but in a relaxed sort of way.
Even our neighbour who has only said that they didn’t want to pitch in to preserve the fence came out to talk for the second time since we’ve lived in the house. Best part, they want to work together to fix the fence that we need to sort out. Was there something in the air that day that made everyone happy? It was like a miracle was happening. We had talked to more people in that one day than we had since living in our home. The world had practically shut down for the day around us and everyone came out to play.
We need more days like that but we need to realize that we can’t wait for a holiday when there is nowhere to go in order to make someone’s day. We are all human and even if you think someone else is shy or if you are shy, pull your head off the ground and say hello to someone. Don’t go home after work and flop on the couch after dinner. Get up and go for a walk and enjoy life, after all my 84-year-old neighbour says the same thing I say, you only get one shot at it, so live a little.
What things do you do to make someone’s day?
PF Weekly Reading Line-Up
Here is this weeks reading list from posts I read and commented on this week that I thought you would also enjoy. I’m working hard to customize this list each week so you get the most benefit from different categories in personal finance.
Mr. CBB’s Top Pick: Inflation The Silent Killer Of Your Nest Egg- The Loonie Bin
- Inspirational: What The Animals Taught Me About Life- Reach Financial Independence
- Life Lessons/ Lifestyle: Could You Survive Without A Car- Money Bulldog
- Canada: Seven Reasons To Love Living In Canada– The Brighter Life
- Business: Taking The Plunge Virtual Office -Frugal Rules
- Freelance: Growing Your Small Business- Budget And The Beach and Freelancing is Making Me Fat- Club Thrifty
- Relationships: Best Financial Advice I Have For Married Couples– The Tortoise Banker
- Career:How To Interview: Tips From A Young Professional- A Young Pro
- Student: Should I Pay Down My Student Loan– I Heart Budgets
- Budget:Entertaining At Home Not Always Cost Effective- One Smart Dollar
- Investing: Adventures In Investing- Nickel by Nickel
- Educational: Keep Track of Food Expiration Dates- The Outlier Model
- Real Estate: Frugal Options For A Long Distance Move– Modest Money
- Debt: Excuses Are Just Going To Hurt You– Plunged In Debt
- Frugal Living: I Thrift Shopped And Survived To Tell The Tale– Money After Grad
- Organic/Gardening:Blossoms, Blooms and Flowers– Lil Suburban Homestead
- Finance: The Best Personal Finance Apps- The Broke Donkey
- Retirement: Why Downsizing In Retirement Doesn’t Always Work– Dave’s Journey (The Brighter Life)
- Top Recipe: Greek Salad– The Norwegian Girl
That’s all for this weeks PF Reading Line-up, please join me next Friday when I bring you the best reads that my eyes read!
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