Okay. Country music doesn't appeal to me all that much, but darn it, I seriously dig that quote. If I had enough room in my right sidebar, in that spot beneath my opening tagline, I might just slap it up there.
I find the quote particularly arresting because each day, it seems, I notice more and more the folks around me struggling with money. You guys experience this, too, I'm sure. And the amount of money-stress around me has really ramped up in the last few weeks. At least, it sure feels like that.
What I find most maddening, most troubling, is the general non-responsiveness and self-pity exhibited by these people. They're perfectly willing to complain about their lack of money, sure. Anyone willing to listen will get an earfull.
But earnest suggestions (subtle and not-so-subtle ones) for change are inevitably met with a downpour of reasons why "...that won't work for me." Or "...but my husband/wife/significant other just wouldn't do it."
What do I think? I think excuses are crap. I think poor decisions have a very long shelf-life. And I think you either do what it takes to make things better, or you take the beating Life gives you.
Roll around in misery and stress all you want, and disperse blame wherever you see fit. But I won't buy it. The man or woman you see in the mirror each morning — that's who's ultimately responsible. Yes, change is hard. Yes, if you're in a relationship, conflict will likely arise. But this is How Things Work.
Suck it up.
Do what it takes.
Let others wonder where the benefit concert is going to come from.