A Beautiful Success in Spite of Poverty

“Have regular hours for work and play, make each day both useful and pleasant, and prove that you understand the worth of time by employing it well. Then youth will be delightful, old age will bring few regrets, and life becomes a beautiful success, in spite of poverty.”

“We’ll remember, Mother!” And they did.


These lines from “Little Women”, the popular book and movie by Louisa May Alcott strike a nerve. Is success measured by money? Can one really enjoy life if making ends meet is a daily challenge?

This is a major theme in “Money: How to Be Rich Without It and How to Stretch It Using Ten Hints from the Past and the Technology of Today”. In that book, I cite several examples of people I have read about and know personally who are incredibly happy, in spite of the fact that they have little or no money.

If you are having to watch every penny, stretch your dollar until it is see-through thin and have to decide between rent, mortgage or food, what are your thoughts? Do you see this situation as an adventure or a curse?

I am reminded of the story of the man who decided that the Great Depression changed his life – for the better. He discovered God, learned to put his family first and cherished every moment. What about you?


Katherine Hepburn and Joan Bennett in the 1933 trailer for the film “Little Women”


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