Have you ever heard the quote, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it”?
It’s a timeless observation of George Santayana during wartime, but it has so many financial implications that he might as well have been in the middle of an economics class!
Change it or Let Go
Now, I totally get the sentiment. I-95 is constantly congested with traffic, completely random mid-day maintenance, and everything else that makes driving rage-inducing.
But then I got to thinking…. what do I hate enough to get a license plate about?
If I hated something that much (to go online and fill out the form and pay the money and renew it each year)…. wouldn’t I have gotten it out of my life by now?
So how can I apply this to my own life? If something is on my mind and affecting my life so much that it seemed reasonable to put it on a license plate, wouldn’t I maybe try to find another job? Or move closer to work? Embracing the negative instead of working to eliminate it — that seems like torture to me!
More importantly, it would be announcing to the world that I will never be free of what weighs me down, that I don’t want to be free, and that I am okay with never getting over it.
Don’t make that mistake in your financial life — if you are having trouble making ends meet or getting through a particularly draining payment plan, don’t let the negatives seep into your mindset and become your destiny.
Work through it, take time to regroup and then let it go. Move on. Give all of your energy to your new situation to make sure it never happens again.
Open Up and Look Around
It might not feel like it all the time, but life is about more than money. There are a lot of awesome posts out there about letting go of your “stuff” and realizing that when your problem goes away, you will still have problems.
I must confess that this doesn’t always work for me. Every once in a while I still think, “If I just got handed $15,000 I would seriously have no problems. At. All.”
And while I desperately wish this were true, I have to believe that it isn’t or I’ll drive myself crazy!
Have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves.