I just thought of this phrase after observing a lot of people, maybe this is true in our country, when someone spends too much as if he “hates money!”
And this happens usually when one wants to show off to friends or relatives that he is earning well, or more well-off than them financially.Here are some of the instances/occasions where I observed such “financial show off” (IMO):
>During birthdays, some people spend too much on food. Specially on children’s birthday parties, you can see so much food wasted after children just left it in their plates. Parents/guardians who accompany their children should supervise well in getting the food. She should ask the child if she likes it or not, then just get a little portion which the child could consume. On such occasions children are usually interested in other things like clowns, games, if there are such in a party.
Though the one sponsoring the party just wanted to show his love for the celebrator by giving a lavish party, there are other options to make his child’s birthday more meaningful.He still could sponsor a simpler party for their family and friends. If he has so much spare money, he could accompany the birthday celebrator to an orphanage or home for the aged, to share their blessings and joy on that day. This would also inculcate the value of sharing to the child.
>During fiestas, I was wondering why people have to spend much just to feed so many people, their relatives, friends, friends of their friends, and even people unknown to them. We understand that they just wanted to share their blessings, and as part of the tradition in our country to give some sort of thanks for the blessings they received that year from the Patron Saint. But preparing too much for that day is not practical at all. It is just alright for wealthy people, or for those who could afford it, but many were just “forced” to shell out from their measly budget to finance that one day event. Others had to borrow money just to show that they have food on the table for their guests. This is very impractical. They should not mind about what people might say about them. They should keep their pride,so they would not worry how to pay their loans.
People would always understand why one could not afford to celebrate such feast day. Just pray and do good things to other people, and he will be blessed with good karma in return.
On occasions like birthdays and fiestas, one need not show off his wealth, or one does not need to borrow money just to conform with the tradition, and he must set aside his pride to avoid unnecessary spending.
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