I recently got an email from my local congresswoman (Diane Black-R) talking about the Republican’s fight to make the president “eat his peas” in regard to the budget debate raging in Congress. It’s a term that the president himself used not long ago to describe what he thought the Republicans needed to do as well.
I’m sure all of us at one time or another had that “eat your peas” standoff at the dinner table. Mom (the enforcer) tells you that you have to eat your peas (or broccoli, green beans, carrots…whatever your own personal kryptonite was at the time) and you refused.
You just know if you hold out long enough, mom will give in and things will get better. But mom isn’t that easy. After you’ve refused the little green orbs multiple times she pulls out the nuclear option. “You’re not getting up from this table until you eat your peas (aka, kryptonite).”
You devise hundreds of ways to get them off your plate without actually putting them in your mouth. You try to give them to the dog, but good ole Moms is wise to that hustle. Maybe you can stuff them in your pockets, but you decide not to because mom will just find them when she does the wash.
You Eventually Have to Eat Your Peas
So eventually, after an eternity of waiting, usually 30 minutes but it feels like weeks, you do it. You hold your nose and force down the only thing that could possibly be worse than peas. That’s right, COLD PEAS. After all the drama and stalling, you choke them down and mom lets you up from the table so you can go and watch your “Saved by the Bell” reruns in peace.
So what does this have to do with your money situation? Well think about this: Did you ever get yourself into a situation with your finances where you had to end up “eating your peas”? Maybe you made a really stupid purchase. Maybe you got deep in debt and had to work extra hard to pay it all off.
Maybe you had to declare bankruptcy or even had your home foreclosed on.
Whatever it was, being forced to eat the cold peas of your financial mistakes is no fun. I’ve had to do it many times and I’m sure most of you have too at one time or another.
But the end result is that when we eat our peas we end up stronger and better off for the effort. So if you have a situation, financial or otherwise, that needs to be addressed, do what it takes to resolve the problem now rather than later.
If you have to eat your peas, eat them while there hot. The sooner you take steps to resolve your situation, the quicker things will get better. So go ahead and take the first step, rip off the band-aid, don’t let the peas get cold.
Have you ever had an “eat your peas” situation that you let go on way too long? Tell me about it.
I’d love to read your comments!