You have to Feel Rich to be Rich – Florence Scovel-Shinn

Many people are in ignorance of the fact that gifts and things are investments, and that hoarding and saving invariably lead to loss.

“There is that scattereth and yet increaseth; and there is that withholdeth more than is meet, but it tendeth to poverty.”

I knew a man who wanted to buy a fur-lined overcoat. He and his wife went to various shops, but there was none he wanted. He said they were all too cheap-looking. At last, he was shown one, the salesman said was valued at a thousand dollars, but which the manager would sell him for five-hundred dollars, as it was late in the season.

His financial possessions amounted to about seven hundred dollars. The reasoning mind would have said, “You can’t afford to spend nearly all you have on a coat,” but he was very intuitive and never reasoned.

He turned to his wife and said, “If I get this coat, I’ll make a ton of money!” So his wife consented, weakly.

About a month later, he received a ten-thousand-dollar commission. The coat made him feel so rich, it linked him with success and prosperity; without the coat, he would not have received the commission. It was an investment paying large dividends!

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