So how do I help my Son to learn the same smart habits? It hit me yesterday that he really has no concept of the true value of a dollar, or does he?
We were at the grocery store, he was helping me, as usual with the list, and finding healthy choices for us to take home...and after we payed the cashier I looked at him, thanked him for his help and handed him the change. He then went to put it in his pocket and dropped it all. Some of which rolled under the machine that has all those silly little toys in it, definitely in a reachable spot.
I offered to hold the grocery bag he was carrying so he could get the money and was shocked by his response: "No thanks."
At first I thought he was going to just put the bag in the ground and get the money, but instead he said: "We can go now." I looked at him, and asked "Aren't you going to get the money?"
"No, I already have some in my pocket." Is this the wisdom I have taught him!? Or is this some sage advice he's teaching me? My reaction at first was that we have failed him. He has no idea that the money he's leaving is valuable. And now he has to learn a hard lesson. But after thinking about it...he's got a great point.
He has what he needs. Which isn't much to an adult, but to a child without responsibilities...or bills... it's what he needs, so why bust his butt trying to get more?
Ah, young my young Padawan learns well!
I try to teach him that yes, money is important, but there are other things in life more important...like love, family, kindness, and compassion. And if we are always running in that rat race for dangling dollar in front of us, we will never be satisfied. So why not leave that change for someone who needs it...someone willing to take the effort to crawl under the machine for a bit of change? That way we can get back home, and enjoy making our Summer Rolls...which is what we did.
Here's the proof:
Live in the rhythm of love...and share the bliss!