Going to the dentist isn’t a place for conversation. There’s not much you can say when reclining in the chair with your mouth wide open, as the hygienist pricks at your gums.
Yet, the dentist has no problem trying to chat with you while cleaning.
How do you respond with a mouthful of solution and steel?
You can’t. Very few people have as many one-sided conversations than the dentist. They can say whatever they want and you can’t respond until they’re done.
The dentist is very much like a budget, in that way.
When you’re going through your finances, looking at what you spent and where your money went, there’s nothing you can say. Its black and white, sitting as-is on your computer screen.
You must sit there and listen.
The dental mirror, the amount you spent at restaurants. The scraper, the amount you spent on extra clothing. The drill, how much you spent on the new car.
But whatever you spent your money on, there’s no going back and there’s nothing you can say to change the past. You’re stuck, listening.
Unlike the dental appointment, however, once you’re done listening, you can do something to change the future conversations.
By listening, you can find ways to cut expenses in areas that don’t make you feel good. It’s the water that rinses out the fluoride.
That way, in the next checkup, when you no longer see the car payments or notice that you’ve cut restaurant spending by 30% or that you decided to wear those older jeans another couple months, you’ll have a big, bright smile on your face as you see your savings grow.
*Image by Joel