Frugality: Close-Fisted or Open-Minded?

I was reading Ben Franklin’s Thirteen Virtues the other day, and it got me thinking. One of the virtues is frugality, defined as “make no expense but to do good to others or yourself; i.e., waste nothing.” I love that it defines your actions rather than your money. It may all come full circle with the quote “time is money,” depending on how you look at it. But again, how are you investing your time? An hour with your children or your friend or helping a charity can be worth far more than an hour paid. Live the moment for the good, do not waste time. I love it!

As a mom, I think, “what is the greatest gift I can give my children?” Aside from unconditional love, I immediately think: to live my life well. They are always observing our actions and learning our behavior. So no matter the words that come out of my mouth…the famous “actions speak louder than words” actually means something. Hmmmm, who would have thought?

So I ask you, what are you doing today to live your life well? Think of it with your expectations, not society’s outlook or your neighbor’s opinions? Are you being frugal with your time? Waste nothing; prosper something!

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