You know the drill. The attendant stands in the aisle and mindlessly goes through the motions…to buckle the safety belt slide the…in the unlikely event…seat can be used as a flotation…all things I intuitively get. And then the kicker…for those of you traveling with small children or someone requiring assistance, place your oxygen mask on first and then assist them (or something like that).
I pause there every time! That is not so intuitive. Genuine love and conviction to care for those people makes me want to put their mask on first and then mine! So why do it the other way? For the simple reason that if you are not breathing you will not be able to help them.
And so it is with your finances. Taking care of you. Your family. The US in the equation of life should be revived first. So that you will be around to take care of others. So if your bills are behind and you know who thinks you should do such and such….stop! Put your oxygen on first. If the guilt of not saving for your kids college is weighing you down…hang it up! Putting the oxygen in your finances now makes you more able to help them later.
So next time the attendant stands in the aisle – pay attention! There are some big lessons in that speech.