Avoiding the Siren's Call
“If anyone unwarily draws in too close and hears the singing of the Sirens, his wife and children will never welcome him home again, for they sit in a green field and warble him to death with the sweetness of their song.” The Odyssey
Striving for fiscal fitness necessarily means filtering through all the “noise” of the culture around you, rejecting the voices that lead to financial failure and embracing those that lead to long term health. The problem is that it can be hard to distinguish the two, particularly if those voices are from trusted sources or are pleasant to our ears.
- Think about the last time you told a close friend about a large purchase you were contemplating. How did they respond? Did they encourage you toward being a better steward, or did they cry “Carpe Diem”?
- Think about the last time you and your spouse disagreed about a purchase. Were you open to a conversation about whether or not it was a wise decision, or did you reach out to a friend that would blindly affirm your feelings on the matter?
- What steps can you take to evaluate the voices around you? What preparations can you take to avoid the Siren’s call and stay on the road to fiscal fitness?
If you’re ready to roll up your sleeves and get to work, there exist some timeless truths that will lead you toward financial peace. Be like Odysseus. Tie yourself to something steadfast and enlist the assistance of wise counsel that won’t tell you what your itching ears want to hear but they need to hear.