Preparing for the Worst

Thursday was St. Patrick’s Day.  People around the world celebrated St. Patrick and share some Irish wisdom with their friends and family, along with a beer or two, and maybe some cabbage and corned beef.  This week we’ve taken a look at some Irish wisdom and we’re going to look at one last bit today.

“Nothing is as easy as it looks.
Everything takes longer than you expect.
And if anything can go wrong,
It will, at the worst possible moment.”
Irish Saying

Sometimes life isn’t about being the perfect dad, perfect mom, perfect kid, perfect partner or perfect family, sometimes life is about doing the best you can.  The Irish are one of many people groups who can look back through their history and see proof of their tenacity, courage and will to live.  They have worked hard to stay alive and overcome the challenges they face.

Can you say the same thing about your family?  Have you come together to overcome the challenges you each face, or are you too busy nit-picking on what’s not right or perfect to help in their time of need?  Given how few guarantees there are in life (death, change, taxes), and how likely it is that we’ll face challenges at work or school, disagreements with friends, health concerns and loss, to not expect life to go wrong or not perfectly is a mistake.

While no one wants the worst that could possibly happen to happen, it’s not smart to ignore that it could happen.  Taking the time to plan for some unwanted possibilities could go a long way to not only protecting your future and ensuring you have some control over it, but also the future of your kids.  Don’t be afraid to throw a little hard work into your future and teach your kids the benefits of hard work, it could save you in the future.

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