My friend April Snellings shared the article below about being raised poor, and I’ve got to say the writer nails it.
Article: The 5 Stupidest Habits You Develop Growing Up Poor (Warning, article contains profanity.)
Now, read the article above before you read anymore, please!
Done reading it? Good.
Any of you all out there able to relate to it? And are there any more things you do that the writer missed?
One thing I still find myself doing sometimes is imagining various things that I own breaking. The writer briefly touches on this, but I wanted to elaborate on it some from my perspective.
For me, I see it as a very dangerous mindset to have. Living in fear that something may go wrong with your health, your home, your car, etc., creates all kind of anxiety and unnecessary stress.
If you’re like me, sometimes I’ll immediately shift from that thought of fear to a thought of problem solving. And I’ll say to myself, “Well, if that breaks, I can do this (or sell that) to pay for it.” And then my mind starts racing to solve a problem that HASN’T EVEN OCCURRED.
These negative thoughts can completely consume you and cause you to miss the singing bird outside or the complete beauty of having your wife sit on the couch with her feet crossed. (Have you told her that lately? Or, even noticed it?)
Besides missing things you should be noticing, you’ll also lose forever the opportunity of the time you spent worrying, when you could have been cleaning, organizing, exercising, relaxing, or even hanging with friends — all things that would strengthen and improve your life, while also reducing your stress and level of misery.
Much of this I never even noticed (or even started to correct) until I read one of the greatest books I ever read. Most of my regular readers have heard me go on and on about this book, which I’ve called “the $10,000 book” and “the greatest gift I can give.” If you don’t know what I’m talking about, see here. And if you thought about buying the book and never did, then I still STRONGLY suggest you do. It seriously has totally transformed my life.
I’m happier, healthier, and stronger. And the books teachings are nothing short of earth shattering. (Here’s the link one more time.) And don’t forget to mention if there are any more things you do that the writer missed!)
Stan R. Mitchell
Oak Ridge, Tenn.