16/11/2016 5:19 PM IST | Updated 21/11/2016 10:02 AM IST

3 Life Lessons From Demonetisation To Teach Your Kids

Daniel Sambraus
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I didn't have cash to pay the home delivery guy. I was looking through every drawer in the house, when my little boy said: "Don't worry mama, I have money."

My face lit up and I asked, "Where?"

He said, "In my (Mickey Mouse) wallet."

I asked, "How much do you have?"

"Lots," came the prompt reply.

"How much is lots?" I asked, a little impatiently

"Two rupees."

Be happy with what you have, for tomorrow, there may be demonetisation.

As I stared with worry at my old, worthless ₹500 and ₹1,000 notes, I couldn't help but chuckle at my three-year-old. Those coins are indeed precious as we go about our daily lives now, trying to re-examine how long we can stretch ourselves without making a trip to the bank to get a ₹2,000 note that nobody has change for. This whole episode has taught me, through the innocent lens of little eyes that look at me for guidance, important lessons that I almost forgot:

1. Less is actually more

I was chatting with a tourist from Europe the other day at the gym. This was before demonetisation (yes, our lives are now divided into before-demonetisation and after-demonetisation). I asked him what he thought of India. He said he noticed something peculiar about this country that has made him look at life differently.

He said, "The poor are always smiling. And the rich are always serious and grumpy."

That's actually true.

Less is actually more, in this country.

Children don't need much to be kept happy, either. Give them a paper cup and they will do wonders with it. They don't need anything fancy. They just want to be happy.

Moral of the story: Be happy with what you have, for tomorrow, there may be demonetisation.

2. Good guys don't finish last

The ones who followed the rules, declared their incomes and paid their taxes have little to worry about in a situation like this, especially in the long run.

Moral of the story: It pays to follow rules.

3. How much money you have matters less than the change you bring

The pun is totally intended in this case. In the race to build wealth, many people forget that our very purpose of existence is to help others and make the world a better place.

Moral of the story: Be the change, and everyone will want you.

Now go on, dig out those coins from your handbags!

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