What is important? A sense of perspective on the budget

What is important? A sense of perspective on the budget

All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think we become.
Buddha

There will be enough talk of economic woes after the mini budget this week.

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Photo by HAMED MASOUMI

I will refrain from repeating the endless forecasts of Doom. I do not believe in Doom. If the quotation from the Buddha at the head of this article is the truth, where will all this pessimism get our beautiful little country?

If we become what we think – where will this self-destructive chain of thinking lead us? Hardly anywhere you would want to live.

I believe that Doom is voluntary and I am not signing up. Sure, there are tough choices to be made, but if we grow up and face the problems, make a budget and try to save money where we can, we can see this through. We do need to get our personal and state finances in order, but we also desperately need a sense of perspective on what is ultimately important. Good organised finances are first and foremost a tool for promoting human well-being, but our country has largely forgotten this.

But you do not necessarily need money to promote human well-being.

So, to be different from the Doom Mongers and get a sense of perspective on the budget, here is my thrifty advice for today – be kind to someone. Do something without expecting a tax break in return, or a gift or a pay increase.

You might surprise yourself how much better you feel, and the Doom might seem a little smaller, less Doomy.

I have provided some inspiration below.

And by the way, if I have not said it before, I am deeply grateful that you would choose to spend your precious life minutes reading this website. Thank you.

I expect to pass through this world but once. Any good, therefore, that I can do or any kindness I can show to any fellow creature, let me do it now. Let me not defer or neglect it for I shall not pass this way again.
Stephen Grellet

Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for a kindness.
Seneca

Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.
Leo F. Buscaglia

One who knows how to show and to accept kindness will be a friend better than any possession.
Sophocles

To cultivate kindness is a valuable part of the business of life. 
Samuel Johnson

Tenderness and kindness are not signs of weakness and despair, but manifestations of strength and resolutions. 
Kahlil Gibran

Try to be a little kinder.
Aldous Huxley on his deathbed


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