THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK: President seems a pretty happy man

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This week’s thought is about money, or rather the lack of it.

The other day I heard on the radio that more people than ever are about to go into debt, partly because goods are dearer than ever and partly because Christmas is looming up; and the speaker was explaining how easy it is for someone who starts borrowing to slip even further into debt.

Then I came upon a report about the president of Uruguay, who earns £7,500 a month but prefers to live on £485, the average for his countrymen, so he gives the rest o charity.

There is a presidential palace but he has chosen to carry on living with his wife on their little farm.

This could turn him into a laughing stock but the reality is very different. When he speaks people listen, because they recognise he has discovered a secret of living that most of us seem to miss out on.

He says: “It is a matter of freedom. If you don’t have many possessions then you don’t need to work all your life like a slave to sustain them, and therefore you have more time for yourself.”

He sounds a pretty happy man, doesn’t he?

Roger Seal

Spalding Quakers