While society most often uses money as a means to measure the success of an individual, how that person impacted the lives of others is often overlooked. There are many people in the world that have accumulated a sizable amount of money, but few really use those funds to try to make the world a better place. Bill Gates is one of the richest people in the world and famously started the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. As of May 16, 2013, Bill has donated $28 billion towards the foundation that supports schools, global health initiatives and the development of impoverished counties among the many other charitable activities. It is activities like these that truly define the person you are and really garners the respect of those around you.
Some people are known for being charitable with their money, but others have developed a reputation for being the exact opposite. The husband in this story was going to leave his wife with nothing, as he was to be buried with all his money. She came up with this clever solution to make sure he got everything he wanted.
“He was stretched out in the casket, the wife was sitting there in black next to their best friend. When they finished the ceremony, just before the undertakers got ready to close the casket, the wife said, ‘Wait a minute!’
She had a shoebox with her, she came over with the box and placed it in the casket. Then the undertakers locked the casket and rolled it away.”
“Her friend said, ‘I hope you weren’t crazy enough to put all that money in there with that stingy old man.’
She said, ‘Yes, I promised. I’m a good Christian, I can’t lie. I promised him that I was to put that money in that casket with him.’”
‘You mean to tell me you put every cent of his money in the casket with him?’
‘I sure did,’ said the wife. ‘I got it all together, put it into my account and I wrote him a check.’”