Is Opportunity Passing You By?

February 24, 2009

When I wrote about my grandfather’s legacy last year I mentioned that people will always remember him for his jokes.  Every time I saw Grandpop he had a joke to tell, I can’t remember them all but one of them came to mind this week and I wanted to share it with you. 

A woman was trapped on the roof of her house as the flood waters rose and she knelt in prayer to ask for help.  Not long afterwards the family down the street pulled up in a canoe and offered to make room for her in the back.  “No thanks”, she said, “I don’t need a ride, God is going to rescue me”. 


The canoe pushed off and made their way to safety; shortly after the police showed up in a big motorized rubber raft. “Thank you so much for coming but I don’t need to be rescued, God is going to save me”, she said. 


Hours later, with the water almost covering the whole roof, a helicopter lowered a rope to pull the women to safety.  She waved the helicopter away yelling, “I said a prayer, God will save me”. 


Sadly, the water continued to rise and after the women was swept into the flood and drowned, she made her way up to heaven.  “God, why didn’t you save me?”, she asked.  God patted her on the head and smiled saying, “I sent a canoe, a boat, and a helicopter.. what else did you want?”

To put the joke in context my grandfather was a very religious man.  He was a very devout Christian and gave a lot of his life to helping others, so the joke isn’t meant to poke fun at those who have faith in a higher power. 

Rather, the message is that help or opportunity doesn’t always come in the form we’re expecting.  She was looking for a divine wind to sweep her up to safety so she totally missed her chances to survive.  I think all of us are hoping or praying for something, especially in these turbulent times, so make sure you keep your eyes open.  Help or opportunity won’t always come in the form that you’re expecting : )

Money Articles

Sadly, I can’t offer you any financial help, but I can point you to some useful money articles around the web:

– The Digerati Life has some investing tips for beginners.

– Generation X Finance points out a free economics course.

– Lazy Man and Money shows us how to save money on hotels.

– Brip Blap sold his house and is moving to sunny Florida!

– The Sun’s Financial Diary takes a look at the homeowner affordability plan.

– Frugal Dad suggests some ways to save money at a sporting event.

– Million Dollar Journey talks about deciding who pays the bills.

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– Mighty Bargain Hunter looks at the tax implications of the stimulus bill.

– Get Rich Slowly had an inspiring article on building confidence.

– No Credit Needed lists some places you can look for loose change.

– Consumerism Commentary asks whether a family should walk away from their mortgage?

– Bargaineering discusses investment clubs.

– Free Money Finance suggests steps you should take before hiring a tax preparer.

– The Simple Dollar shows us how to save with bulk breakfast burritos


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Ben Edwards, the founder of Money Smart Life, saved up enough to buy a Nintendo back when he was 12 years old. When he used the money to buy shares of Wal-Mart stock instead, he knew he wasn't like the other kids... His addiction to personal finance has paid off for his family and now he's helping you to afford the life that you want. Check him out on the web at Google Plus, Twitter and Facebook.

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