Proverb: Làm Khi Lành Để Dành Khi Đau

Literal Translation: Make it when [you’re] well and save it for when [you’re] suffering.
English equivalent: Save for a rainy day

As the saying goes, “Everyday is not Saturday.” Life  goes through thick and thin,  ups and downs, highs and lows. To have and not to have are just momentary.  Nobody can predict their own future. That’s why we need to set up a plan to protect ourselves from  uncertainties. When we are well and employed, we should try to save for somber rainy days when we are ill, or out of work. This is the meaning of “Save for a rainy day.” We should not stash away our entire earned sum, but we should save a bit for the future. These are the words of wisdom of frugality, which needs to be practiced daily.

Thriftiness is easily likened to parsimony. A thrifty lifestyle involves rational spending, self-moderation, simplified needs and strategic expenses incurred. In contrast, a parsimonious person  plays ducks and drakes with himself to look posh and stylish, but pinches every little penny and somehow treat others with vulgarity. Taking a leftover from a meal out is thrifty, not parsimonious. Cooking at home instead of eating out is thrifty, not parsimonious. While a parsimonious person may count every penny of his electricity bill and dare not switch on the air conditioner, he may go full throttle with public, state paid electricity. A parsimonious person is obsessed with preserving and keeping his possessions safe, while acting reckless with common goods. A thrifty person is one who knows how to manage his finances rationally. This is a person who, in case of an emergency that requires big spending, is not put at a financial disadvantage. As our forefathers also said, “Saving generates money at our disposal/And cushions us from a miserable fall.” Thriftiness is something that all of us, particularly the young these days, should take note of and practice everyday.

This content is also available in: Tiếng Việt

Discover

Bài Liên Quan

5 Mins With Dr. Nguyen Phuc Anh Lan

Dr Nguyen Phuc Anh Lan is currently the Marketing and Development Director of the Institute for Civic Education in VN, a...

Swimming with a Shark

Entrepreneur Pham Thanh Hung, vice chairman of the board of directors of CenGroup Real Estate Group, a leading real estate enterprise...

Paint the City Black – Making an Impact on Anti-Racism

Artists have expressed their support of the Black Lives Matter movement by painting a mural of George Floyd in Toronto’s graffiti alley...

The History of Lacrosse

Lacrosse is one of the most versatile sports, with four different versions that promote inclusion by encouraging women and providing reasonable...

Proverb: Chớ Trông Mặt Mà Bắt Hình Dong

English equivalent: Don’t judge a book by its cover Have you ever heard the story about the...

Supermodel Jessica Minh Anh and The Wings of Sustainable Style

Born in Hanoi, Jessica Minh Anh grew up in Moscow and is a successful supermodel as well as a fashion show producer. She...

A Brief History of Phở

While most scholars agree on when phở first came about (in the early 20th century), its history remains debatable, due to the...

This content is also available in: Tiếng Việt