State of Mind

My plans for bicycling this a.m. were washed out (literally).  So while doing chores around the house, I listened to Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University and particularly the session on “Dumping Debt.”  At one point Dave Ramsey says “I’ve been broke twice in my life but I have never been poor.  Being poor is a state of mind.”

First, I couldn’t help but think of Billy Joel’s song where he bellows, “I’m in a New York State of Mind.”

Second, I know of someone who has a poor person’s state of mind. 

This individual is a friend of my mother’s.  She complains about the government needs to provide this, the government needs to provide that, and how come the government doesn’t do this or that.  Why does this individual look to the government rather than herself? 

This individual is able bodied.  So, why doesn’t she start with the woman in the mirror and ask herself, what can she do to provide for herself and her younger son?  It’s the attitude, the state of mind that colors her outlook which ultimately becomes her reality.

A few quotes from Proverbs to help overcome being stuck in a poor person’s state of mind:

Lazy hands make a man poor,

but diligent hands bring wealth.

Proverb 10:4.

The sluggard craves and gets nothing,

but the desires of the diligent are fully satisfied.

Proverb 13:4.

All hard work brings a profit,

but mere talk leads only to poverty.

Proverb 14:23.

He who works his land will have abundant food,

but the one who chases fantasies will have his fill of poverty.

Proverb 28:19.

 

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