We’re all Irish on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17th! I can honestly say that I do have roots in Ireland on one branch of the family tree (my mother’s father came to the United States in the late 1800s). The holiday, with its green beer and festive swagger (or stagger) is a bit odd, as it celebrates the patron saint of Ireland, who was not Irish, and the first parade was held not in Ireland but in the United States!
Do you ever wonder why you are told you’ll be pinched if you don’t wear green on St. Patrick’s Day? Leprechauns would sneak up to pinch you if they saw you, but wearing green would make you invisible to them – and you might be able to sneak up on them and steal their treasures!
But I’m not going to tell you about the history or celebrations of St. Patrick’s Day. Instead, I’ll tell you how you might increase your green while wearing the green – by paying attention to some wise old Irish sayings:
Enough and no waste is as good as a feast.
You don’t have to keep up with the Joneses. Your home and security is personal. Use things wisely with no waste, make things do, and be grateful for the things you have. The true celebration is in knowing you owe nothing and appreciate everything.
You’ve got to do your own growing, no matter how tall your father was.
Stand on your own two feet – be responsible for your past, present and future decisions. You can learn from others by watching their successes and failures, but expect to do your own climbing on the way to success.
Forgetting a debt doesn’t mean it is paid.
Avoiding a problem doesn’t make it go away. Confront that budget or bill – know what your problem looks like so you can make plans to eliminate it.
Better to be sparing at first than at last.
Start now. The earlier you begin to grab the bill by the horns and eliminate debt, the faster and stronger your future will be. Cut corners where you can to save money and double down on the debt. Add a side hustle to speed up the process – or to bulk up your savings. Don’t wait to be retrospective on what you could have accomplished.
It’s easy to halve the potato where there is love.
Family and friends are important. Time spent with them is important. If you find yourself wishing for a bigger house or car or the next big whigglewaggle, look at the ones who love you. They want you. They don’t care if they spend time with you on the beach or in the backyard. Find ways to have fun without breaking the bank.
Do not take the thatch from your own roof to buy slates for another man’s house.
To follow up on family and friends being important – giving is important, but make sure to take care of you and yours. If you build wealth and security, you can offer more to others. But pulling the thatch (or money or time) from your own home to put slates on someone else’s place (lining someone else’s pockets by paying interest, or wasting time and money on silliness) isn’t sustainable, and your roof will eventually fall in.
May your home always be too small to hold all your friends.
True wealth is in the love and support of family and friends – and my wish for you is that you are surrounded by them. Keep your home small and easily maintained. Replace the echoes of empty rooms with laughter and friendly chatter. You will always be blessed with enough and a little more.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!