Complain About it or Clean it Up

My husband and I both work in public accounting.  So, January through April is a busier time than normal for us.  When I woke up this morning, I realized that our kitchen was a complete mess.  We had dirty dishes piled on the countertops and everything in there was a wreck.  We had been so focused on our workload lately that our kitchen had turned into a place to quickly eat dinner and worry about the mess later.  Later had finally come.

As I looked at our messy kitchen, I realized that I had two choices.  Option number one, I could complain about the mess.  I could have complained that we don’t have a house cleaner to step in and fix the mess for us.  This would have just put me in a bad mood and at the end of the day, I would still have a messy kitchen.  Or, I could clean it up myself.  I chose option number two.

After I opened up the mini blinds to let some natural light into the room, I got to work.  Sometimes a little bit of fresh light and a new perspective is all you need to get started.  Now, we have a clean kitchen.  It wasn’t a blast to wash the dishes, but it fixed my problem and now I don’t have to think about it anymore.

Do you know what complaining fixes?  Nothing.  Not only that, it tricks us into thinking that someone else should step in and solve our problems for us.  Regardless of who made the mess in our kitchen, if I realized there was a problem with it and I did nothing about it, then I had no one to blame but myself.

At the beginning of last year, our family was over $10,800 in credit card debt.  This made me feel awful, embarrassed, and frustrated.  But like the messy kitchen, we only had two choices.  We could have blamed any number of things to justify the fact that we used our credit cards and racked up that much debt.  Or, we could clean it up.  Which was what we did.

It wasn’t fun to put all of our extra money that year towards paying off our credit card debt, but it solved our problem.  Now, we don’t have to think about our credit card anymore.  We can move on to something else, like saving money and focusing on our other financial goals.

When you find yourself in a situation where your only two options are to complain about it or clean it up, then roll up your sleeves and get to work.  When you are finished you will feel relieved and really proud of yourself.  Your messy financial situation will be a worry of the past and you can move on to better things.  Sure, you might get your hands dirty and things could get stressful, but it will be worth all of your hard work in the end.

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