A few friends and I were having a discussion about delayed gratification.  Terms Rob and I have talked about for years!  We live in an instant society – hungry? There’s fast food, or microwaveable food.  You can quickly satisfy your hunger.  Want to buy something? Stores are easily accessible.  Convenience stores and grocery stores are easily accessible, department stores, shopping malls, and virtually every corner has a store selling something! Don’t have money to buy?  Credit card opportunities come floating through the mail like a swarm of moths around a summer lamppost! Society says, have it your way, NOW! (So does Burger King…)

For the past five years or so Rob and I have been saving and planning for a HUGE trip.  Several years ago, we decided that to celebrate our 25th Wedding Anniversary we would take our three daughters and a guest of their choice to Maui.  We would plan an all expenses paid trip (that we would pay off  in cash, no credit, BEFORE going).  We missed the 25th Wedding Anniversary deadline which was June 14th of 2010 due to the fact we had a little more money to save and manage to get everything paid in advance.  We’ve said, “No”, to many things as we’ve saved.  Birthday presents, Christmas presents, other excursions, nights out, all were budgeted back either completely, or very frugally because we’d remind ourselves….”Maui’s coming!  It will be worth it!”  It hasn’t been easy – probably more so in my camp then Rob’s, he’s able to happily pinch pennies with a spring in his step, I from time to time go through a little tantrum when it means saying no to something else.  BUT, the whole delayed gratification experience for this trip – oh, my goodness!  We are almost ready to go!  It happens this month!  All these years of planning are almost done – Maui here we come!

It’s a great life lesson to remember – how it’s worth it to be patient, to plan carefully, to save for something…  It feels so good to be headed to Maui realizing everything’s covered and we get to hang out with our family and just play for a whole week.  Wooooooo hoooooo!

You should try it!  Map out a plan and don’t give up.  Delayed gratification, who knew it could be so much fun!  Wonder what our next delayed gratification adventure will be?

Aloha!

…I’m off to purchase a swimming suit (sound of a record player needle abruptly stopping the beautiful music, inserted here.) Yikes!

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About cakboliv

Born in Cochabamba, Bolivia to wonderful missionary parents, Howard and Maxine Morarie. Grew up in Bolivia, both in a remote jungle village

3 responses »

  1. Denise Schowe says:

    I love this post! I love the reminders that you have given me and the thoughts I need to ponder a bit. Oh and I LOVE that you are going to Maui! Oh boy, its one of my favorite places on EARTH! What could be more fun than having the family there to share the experience with? Amazing and so much more appreciated when you gave up other things to make it happen. Oh yes and here’s to the next 25 years. You are an inspiration to Sebastian and I!! Aloha!!

  2. Kristin says:

    Awh, the things I could learn from you on this idea … money saving is soooo not a skill of mine. Nor is budgeting. Or not buying things in general …… way to go!

  3. Mandee says:

    Wow, how exciting! You have inspired me to do something similar. Alex is always talking about how he wants to take me to Europe, and now we have a son who could meet his Austrian relatives. What a great reason to start putting aside money so we can make some great memories with our kid(s).

    I love and miss you!

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