A loaf of bread and thou

“When you have only two pennies left in the world, buy a loaf of bread with one and a lily with the other.”

This old proverb reminds me of our current economy. Even if you haven’t had to face job loss or mortgage problems – I think we’re all looking at spending money differently. It forces me to assess the true value I get from a purchase. I value the experience of renting a movie more than buying a mocha. I ask myself if I need to own a book or can reserve it at the library. And I’d enjoy a free walk in our meadow with my family more than spending money on just about anything. Money is so intertwined with our values. These times help us see the status or superfluous purchase for what it is. It helps us separate the chaff from the wheat. Now if I could only find one perfect lily to put on my counter…

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