Spend less than you earn (a Ugandan tale)

Ohh, my friends, let me tell you a story from the heart of Uganda, where the sun shines bright and the laughter is always near. Once upon a time, in a small village, there lived a man named Okello. Okello, my dear friends, he loved to spend, spend, spend! But, alas, he did not like to work, work, work. You see, this man, he had a very peculiar problem.

Every day, Okello would wake up with a big smile on his face, eager to spend the little money he had. He would strut through the village, buying this and that, showing off his new clothes and gadgets to everyone he met. “Look at me!” he would say, “I am the richest man in the village!”

But, my friends, you and I know that spending more than you earn is like trying to fill a bottomless pit. The more you spend, the deeper the hole gets. And Okello, he was digging himself into quite the hole!

One day, the wise elder of the village approached Okello and said, “My son, you must learn to live within your means. If you spend more than you earn, you are like a man trying to carry water in a sieve. You will never succeed, and you will only become thirstier.”

But Okello did not listen. He continued to spend and spend until one day, his pockets were empty, and his debts piled up like the mighty Rwenzori Mountains. He had no choice but to sell his house, his land, and even his prized cow, Bumba. Oh, poor Okello!

Finally, with nothing left to his name, Okello realized the error of his ways. He learned that living beyond his means had only brought him misery and hardship. He had lost everything, all because he could not resist the urge to spend more than he earned.

So, my dear friends, let us learn from Okello’s folly. Spending more than you earn is like trying to run on one leg – you’ll only end up falling flat on your face! Let us laugh and learn, for in the wise words of our Ugandan ancestors, “He who does not economize will have to agonize.” Hahaha!

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