Monday, October 10, 2011
Tips From My Mom #14
My mom was a housewife taking care of three young boys (an active 2-year-old and adorable newborn twins ;) and often struggling to manage the finances.
Juggling bills became an art.
Sometimes all the bills were tossed in the air and the ones that landed face-down would be paid, while other months saw the bills that were current put aside so those that were late could be paid.
Yet, every month the bills relentlessly arrived in the mail.
It became a source of great worry and stress for my parents. So, one day my dad told my mom to throw all of the bills into the fireplace. She did. And to her surprise...she felt better.
Over the years my mom has shared this story with us whenever something feels like it is becoming too much, when things feel out of control and cause nothing but distress.
It has become a parable for letting go of those worries because in the end "the bills" will come back next month. All we can do is control our attitude towards unpleasant things.
Like my mom, I have been surprised time and time again at the relief that comes with letting go of worry. Disposing of the physical manifestations (such as bills) is the easy part, the trick is letting go of the worry that is less tangible.
Still, it's a start. And as I currently have some worries to toss into the fireplace I am grateful to mom once again for this valuable tip.
Let 'em burn!