"Honey, Please Wait For The Weather"
By George Chege
LOWELL, Mass-October 8-Last week a close friend of mine narrated to me an incident which happened in his home, that I will gladly share with his permission.
Barrack Obama and John McCain had just finished their 90-minute presidential debate and political analysts were quick to go on air to dissect the debate and showcase their political acumen.
My friend Joe (not his real name) was closely following the analysis unfold as he lay horizontal on his favorite couch. His eyes were glued to the television set and his habitual 9p.m. cup of coffee was still cold and untouched. It lay on the coffee table like a deserted friend. His cell-phone was conveniently tucked beneath the cushions - he did not have the time to put it on vibration mode.
Joe was confident nothing in the world would interrupt him. His kids were asleep rehearsing their childish plays in dreamland. His wife was somewhere within the house - it did not matter where.
Just then he noticed from the corner of his eye a shadowy figure float into the room. It settled right next to him, but he paid no attention. The political analysis required 100% of his attention. How else would he get enough material to boast about his political sharpness in the office the following morning?
Without notice and almost robotically, the shadowy figure slowly extended a limb and he felt the warmth of clammy fingers caressing his hairy chest. Startled and annoyed, Joe stared menacingly at the shadowy figure. Without thinking he blurted out, “Honey, please wait for the weather!” And he continued to listen to the news.
The shadowy figure was his dear wife. She coyly retreated and immediately disappeared into a dark and lonely bedroom.
Seconds later, the truth of his actions hit him like a brick. He immediately realized he had sacrificed the endless love of his wife and the friendship of ten years for a piece of news that will be repeated a hundred times on CNN. With a heart full of guilt, Joe reached for the red button on his remote control. He turned off the television and every light in the house. Then he picked enough courage to follow his wife to the their pitch dark bedroom.
Are there times in your financial life that you have sacrificed something very important so that you could have immediate gratification from something very unimportant? Like spending $200 a month on coffee and ignoring to insure your life with $300,000 for only $40 a month?
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