There is a song from The Sound of Music that relates; it concludes, “… I simply remember my favorite things, and then I don’t feel so bad.”
Wednesday morning I stood outside McDonald’s having my last smoke before leaving. I considered that as soon as I got to the library, I’d need to count my pennies and plan spending for the rest of the week. I pondered whether or not to buy a soda on my way there. I’d had some unusual spending earlier in the week, and faced some more unusual spending in connection with the 4th of July (The library’s closed.). The wisdom of having bought or not bought a soda at this time would depend on the outcome of that planning.
I decided not to buy a soda at this time. If I had enough cash left, according to the plan, I could enjoy a soda later in the week.
This isn’t sacrifice; that’s a topic I must discuss in later posts. It’s a matter instead of delaying gratification; a decision to forego a pleasure now for the sake of possibly having the pleasure later. This is an important strategy in learning stewardship (right management of one’s resources) and in improving one’s lot in life.
It still leaves me without a soda, when I want a soda. What to do?