Greed is one of the seven lethal sins for a reason. No one likes a grinch, and it is much more worthwhile to do something good with your money while you are alive than to try to take it with you after you pass.
One woman understood the negative impacts of greed, but her husband – not so much. Whether or not this story is completely true is unknown, but it has taken the internet by storm. This woman’s clever actions are a great lesson for anyone who has not learned the truth behind the old adage “You can’t take it with you.”
As the story goes, the man worked very hard all his life.
He saved up his money, year after year, and hated to spend an extra penny on anything he purchased.
The old man even went so far as to want to be lethal with his money. “He was a real cheapskate when it came to his money,” the story says. “He loved money more than just about anything, and just before he expire, he said to his wife, ‘Now listen, when I perish I want you to take all my money and place it in the casket with me. Because I want to take all my money to the after life.’” His wife, of course, was a kind hearted woman who wanted to do good by her husband. She must have been appalled when she heard this selfish request, but she did her best to keep the vows she had made so many years before.
Her husband was ultimately able to guilt her into promising “with all her heart” that she would hide the man’s money with him when he expire.
When that day came, the lady had a decision to make. She was still alive herself, and she could certainly have used that money. When you are past the age of working full time, spending stresses the mind more than when you are young. But the promise remained, and it weighed on her heart. Finally, the woman came up with a clever trick. “[Her husband] was stretched out in the casket, the wife was sitting there in black next to their best friend. When they finished the ceremony, just before the undertakers got ready to close the casket, the wife said, ‘Wait a minute!’”This was it: the moment of truth. Her friend watched in disbelief as the woman carried out her ridiculous promise.
Since she was a woman of her word, she did not want to carry the guilt of disintegrate this promise – no matter how little sense it made.
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