I have one TV program addiction. It doesn’t have anything to do with housewives or forensic detectives, or otherworldly beings. Not that there is anything wrong with enjoying and being dedicated to watching those programs. I’m just not much of a TV watcher – I pulled the plug on cable a long time ago.
Except for CBS Sunday Morning.
The news magazine show debuted in 1979, and I am pretty sure I watched the very first one. Yes, I am that old. Charles Kurault hosted the show, starting the first program with these words: “Here begins something new.” It included segments from his popular “On the Road” series that spotlighted lesser-known people of America. Today, with bow-tied Charles Osgood at the helm, the show still offers CBS News stories of courage, generosity, and ingenuity.
This morning, the segment told of a Texas man and his brother who take care of several stray dogs that wandered onto their property and stayed. Once a week, they pull out their John Deere tractor and hook up a row of handmade “railcars” made from plastic barrels. The dogs can’t wait to jump into the little cars, and once they are settled, the man pulls the trainload of barking dogs around town. You can see it for yourself here.
So why am I sharing this with you? Because there are some important things to remember on your path to financial freedom:
- Enjoy the little things. Ride the train. Understand that although you are taking the same route everyday, the view changes in subtle ways. Wave and smile, and say hello to a stranger. Feel the road under your feet. Breathe.
- You don’t have to spend a lot of money to have a good time. The train doesn’t have to be fancy. You can make a railcar out of a barrel, or a fort out of blankets, or a feast out of eggs. It is all in your perspective.
- Be grateful for what you have. You have come a long way, and made some great decisions. Now enjoy the things you already have, while you are working to reach your goals.
- Sometimes, it’s good to act like a dog. Enjoy your meals. Play ball. Run as fast as you can. Sleep well. Cuddle with your buddy. If you don’t have a dog, or you love dogs, watch this.
- Help others see their own potential. Show others how you drive the train with pride. You can be the conductor of the success of others. By doing so, the universe sends that joy right back to you in ways you will not expect.
- You can change your mindset. The men in the segment said that when they were young men, they had no respect for living things. When they knew better, they did better. You can do the same thing with your personal finances. When you learn about a better way, change your path.
- Be kind. Kindness is love. There is never too much of it.