As the story goes, one man spent all his life amassing a lot of wealth. He saved his money and refused to spend more on anything. He was fundamentally in love with his money and the thought that one day he would part with it frightened him.
So he came up with what he thought was the perfect solution. He made his wife promise that, when he died, she would take all his money and place it in the casket so he would be buried with everything. His plan was, perhaps, to enjoy it in the afterlife.
Like anyone would be, his wife was appalled by his selfish request but she was a kind-hearted woman who wanted to please her husband, so she promised to do as he asked.
When her husband eventually passed away, she had a lot to mull over. This man wanted her to place money in a casket and bury it – money that would have been useful for taking care of herself and others. It made no sense. She knew she had to find a way to fulfill her promise without doing anything stupid. After thinking about it, she had the perfect solution.
On the day of the funeral, her friend was shocked by the fact that the woman placed a covered shoebox next to the man in the casket, and then the two women watched the funeral parlor close the casket and make it roll.
At this point, the woman’s friend turned to her in belief and asked:
I hope you weren’t crazy enough to put all that money in there with that stingy old man?
The widow said that she had kept her promise and that she had in fact invested all her money. Still shocked, the friend asked again.
Do you mean to tell me you put every cent of his money in the casket with him?
The widow, probably proud of herself at this point, gave a reply that showed just how smart she was:
I sure did. I got it all together, put it into my account and I wrote him a check.
If the man was silly enough to believe he would still get to spend his money after his death, then he must believe there would be a way to cash the cheque, right?
In fact, it’s a funny story. But it’s also a reminder that one day you will have to say goodbye to your property, no matter how much you have and what you do with it. Therefore, while you’re here, live a little, help the less fortunate and focus on changing lives. You’ll certainly die happier!