By Tony Huppert, CEO of Team Oil Inc.
I recently read an article which reported that working people will spend around $4,000 dollars a year going out for lunch. The article suggested these individuals should carry their lunch or do other cost saving measures to save money.
Saving money at lunch reminds me of my 85-year-old aunt who was a Catholic Nun when she was told she had liver cancer. My sister told her she should go through all the cancer treatments. My aunt’s reply was, “Save myself for who? I’m a nun.”
Save your lunch money for what? What is the benefit of working if you are constantly harassed by articles or people that believe their lifestyle is the correct one? Their idea is for you to work hard, save your money and put it away so when you get old you can pay someone to take care of you. At that time you will look back and say, “I wish I would have…”
Enjoy life; it is shorter than you think. Working people work for a reason. The main reason is to be able to enjoy the little things in life. I don’t think my wife Trudy and I will ever totally retire. We’ve always worked and found ways to go out for lunch. Taking time to run to the local convenience store for a quick bite seemed to help relieve the stress of the job.
My heart doctor said to me one time, “If more people would just take a quick break from stress of the job for a few minutes a day, there would be a lot less heart problems in the world.”
Lighten up and take a lunch break. Money is a tool, if you don’t use it someone else will.