Spendthrift for self but misers for othersI have seen many well to do people spend a lot of money on their personal comforts and enjoyment like buying expensive things, eating outside, enjoying outings in high-class resorts, buying expensive cars etc. But when it comes to spending on others like charity, entertaining their guests or helping a friend or relative in need they shy away from it. At this time they start doing all sorts of calculations related to money. They will spend Rs 500 on eating a pizza or Rs 50000 on an outing but when times come to spend something on others they even hesitate to shell out Rs 100. Of course, there are people who generously help and spend money on others but this ratio is poor nowadays.
What is responsible for this attitude in some people? It is basically "My money, my wish, my comforts" kind of thinking. It is true that everyone works hard to earn money, to make life easy and comfortable for themselves and their family members. So it is their right to spend their money on self and how much they like without having to answer anybody.
But can such selfish and self-centered attitude be justified? Such people should realize that if good has made them self-sufficient than for humanity they should not hesitate in spending money for others, be it helping friends and relatives in need, donating to the poor or spending on entertaining their guests. It may even be a small amount compared to what they spend on themselves, the ratio does not matter. All that matters is the mindset to help and spend on others as they do for themselves. It is said that it really requires a big heart for a person to be able to spend on others and is not at all related to being rich or poor.
A person who is rich at heart is a truly rich person.