Being good with a budget means being good at seeing the
glass half empty and leaking.
It’s more than simply not counting one’s chickens before
they’re hatched, more than not pretending one can pay Tuesday for a hamburger
today (to load up on the clichés).
Fundamentally, being good with a budget is betting that,
unfortunately, all the things one hopes will happen won’t happen, and assuming many
of the things one reasonably fears will happen will.
If one gets good at it, and if the world isn’t really quite
that bleak, one periodically has the delightful pleasure of being better off .
. . sometimes much better off . . . than anticipated. Perhaps that nice
recliner can be in the Christmas stocking this year after all!