Kudos to you, Warrior. I love success stories. That's why I enjoy listening to Dave Ramsey. Lots of good stories. Some not so good too. But always interesting. He is a huge advocate of giving. He firmly believes that when you do, you become richer for it. He described it this way: When you hold on so tight to your money that it can't leave your hand, money cannot enter your hand either.<quoted text>I have been on both ends. I have been poor, rich and poor again. I am comfortable now. I did it on my own. No union, no help, no way. All hard work and being blessed. We donate thousands of dollars a year to charities, we made it a priority in all good and bad times. We never waivered, we always gave when we should have saved. If it didn't help somebody at least it made us feel good about ourselves. I have learned a couple of things in my lifetime. You are not here for a long time, you are here for a good time. And, nobody on their death bed ever said I wish I would have spent more time at the office. SO if you are miserable you have nobody to blame but yourself especially in this great cou ntry the United States of America!
Me? I wish I had more to give. I'm still trying to work through some stupid mistakes I made. That and trying to make ends meet with all the pay cuts I've taken and the recent state law that currently takes a big bite out of my paycheck and is about to get even bigger after things get decided in court.
I do give when and where I can. Each year I give to the Salvation Army and to people I know need the help as situations arise.