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YOU NEED TO KNOW… how important it is to have your bubble burst occasionally.
How often do you think about your money? How about your career? Improvements on your house? Vacations you'd like to take? As a financial planner, thoughts about money, careers, assets and liabilities are a virtual constant. And sometimes, I’ve noticed that when we are up-to-our-neck in our own stuff, we have a tendency to becoming increasingly self-focused—believing that our own reality is the only reality. Living inside of our own little bubble then has a tendency to lead to many forms of discontent—we see a friend’s new house or car and think, “Well, shoot, I deserve a new house or car!” Before you know it, we, as the king or queen of the bubble in which we live begin to justify all sorts of foolishness—financial and otherwise—and see the world outside as merely a tool to benefit our own personal kingdom.
But then, occasionally, something from the outside world unexpectedly invades our kingdom and our fake reality. Monday, my wife called me to let me know that our friend—a wife and mother of three children just entering college, high school and middle school, respectively—died of an apparent stroke in her home. As that news sunk in, my bubble was obliterated. My dissatisfaction with the leaking air conditioner, old roof and drab siding on our house evaporated. My impatience with falling short on a couple specific financial goals and career aspirations faded, and virtually every ounce of annoyance, frustration and discontent was put into the proper context.
You don’t have to wait until tragic news strikes to be freed from your bubble kingdom that in reality functions more like a prison…and that is something that YOU NEED TO KNOW.