Our previous post on Roald Dahl really struck a chord and got us thinking about the needs of bankruptcy filers during their time of financial distress. If the wise words of successful authors offer inspiration and comfort during this time, then why shouldn’t we share more on the topic?
So today we are moving on to a new author. You will have almost certainly heard of this famous name; the genius behind Winnie the Pooh and other successful plays and poems…A. A. Milne. He was a British author, starting out as a playwright before reaching success by touching the nation’s hearts with Pooh bear.
He had such a great way with words and conveying uplifting messages to his readers – “If ever there is a tomorrow when we’re not together… there is something you must always remember. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” We love this quote, and it is so fitting for someone going through bankruptcy and experiencing those occasional moments of despair. It is not an easy process to have to endure, and understandably you may question your strength when trying to get through it. So during those times, remember this quote. And think of Affordable Bankruptcy Courses 😉
“People say nothing is impossible, but I do nothing every day.” While we wouldn’t go as far as to say to ignore everything people say when you are filing (as tempting as that may sound!), there will be a lot of people offering opinions that may not be entirely relevant to your situation. People may be providing advice you don’t wish to take, or offering opinions based on their own personal experience. You are the one who determines what you can and can’t achieve; if someone tells you it is ‘”impossible” to do a certain thing while you file, seek the advice of a bankruptcy attorney to verify the statement. Even though people have your best interests at heart, their opinions may be reflections of their own bankruptcy experience, which will, of course, be different to yours. So, as A. A Milne writes, “Think it over, think it under,” when taking such advice into consideration.
Sometimes when you are reading a long book, the text can get a little tedious. But not with A. A. Milne. “Oh Tigger, where are your manners?” “I don’t know, but I bet they’re having more fun than I am.” He is such a clever writer, simultaneously injecting humor and imparting wisdom into his stories. This quote very much reinforces the notion that we should aim to live more in the moment, as opposed to worrying about the past, future, or wondering if we would be better off having taken a different path in life, or made different decisions. Do not think “what if”; just concentrate on the here and now. You are already involved in the bankruptcy process, so beating yourself up about the history of your spending habits will do no good.
What you can do, however, is implement change for the future. Bearing this in mind, it is also important to remember to pace yourself. As A. A Milne wrote, “rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there someday.” You cannot achieve everything overnight. You will eventually get to where you need to be, if you keep moving forward at a steady pace. For example, first start reading up about budgeting. Then maybe consider rebuilding tools. Start by taking things in manageable steps. After all: This isn’t a race, it is your life.
This brings us to the end of today’s post. We hope the teachings and writings detailed here have helped you in some way as you mentally prepare to file for bankruptcy. And if all else fails, remember that “Nobody can be uncheered with a balloon.”