As I was driving to the cottage slowly savouring some premium Belgian chocolates and anticipating an exceptional Webers hamburger (hey, I had a tough week!) I reflected on the challenges for some of my favourite community members. Many of them smoke. That must be an expensive habit. Another fellow, whom I enjoy talking with, told me that when his cheque comes in he goes to the casino. He enjoys the slots machines. With careful planning and bit of luck he can stretch his free cash for two or three trips each month. Fortunately there are lots of places like Oasis to get a hot meal or some food when the cash runs out. The truth is that even if he did not go to the casino, he does not get enough money for food. As I pull into the driveway (while noticing a few minor improvements to make it “my special retreat”), I resolve that I will never splurge on “smokes and gambling”. But, then I thought, when it comes right down to it, the main differences between my casino friend and me is that he is open about his indulgences. And his cost a lot less than mine.
“First take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye”.