Monday, December 15, 2014

For Tomorrow Ye Die

Most will know that the full quote is, "Eat, drink, and make merry, for tomorrow ye die." A little dire at this time of year. But, unless you have your pillow pulled over your head, you may have noticed we are living in dire circumstances. Decent jobs are going away. Low and middle class incomes are taking a hit. Health care is in a shambles. The government has successfully divided us into groups at put us at war with our opposites.

We are coming into the Christmas Season. (If you object to my calling it the Christmas season. Go take a flying leap. You are part of the problem,) People's spirits have been at a low ebb. Believe me, I can understand why. 

I think the American people, ever hopeful, gave themselves a collective smack in the forehead and in unison, shouted "SCREW IT". We are going to have a great Christmas! And I can understand that too.

What to do? What to do? What to do? And as one the American people said, "Grab the plastic and run with it!" Make a great Christmas day for everyone and we will deal with the damage later. Having been there one very bad year, I totally sympathize. The problem is that later arrives sooner than expected.

Okay, you made your decision. The family had a great Christmas. You are in over your head. Deal with it. Do not regret what you did. It may not have been the smartest move of your life, but it is also not the end of your life. And, oh the joy of that Christmas day. Tighten all belts. No more golf outings. No more dinner at fancy restaurants. House brands when you shop. Wine with screw tops. I think you get the picture. This is the "tomorrow ye die" part.

Be smart. I did it by focusing on the smallest bill first. Then putting that money into the next, working my way up through the mess. I am sure there are other ways. The trick is to focus and stay true to your plan. Do it once, and if you have two active brain cells, you will never do it again. But oh the joy of that Christmas day.

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