Sometimes you just don’t want to do what lies ahead of you. The little angel on your right shoulder says you have to do it, and the little devil sitting on your left shoulder tells you to blow it off and forget about it.
This internal tug-of-war happens to each of us every day whether we are consciously aware of it or not. But when it keeps nagging at you and occupies your every thought, it’s time for action.
Think of the simplicity of the Band-Aid. You cover up one of life’s little boo-boos and keep on going. Eventually, you have to take that sticky thing off and naturally it’s fastened permanently to your arm hairs. You know it’s going to hurt. Maybe if you just ignore it, it will go away? Unfortunately, life doesn’t work that way. You must face it head on.
Now you have two choices with that Band-Aid:
1. Grab hold of the end and rip it off super fast so the pain only lasts a short while, or
2. Slowly and painfully peel it back, taking every arm hair with it.
What kind of personality do you have? Deal with it quickly and relatively painlessly, or do it slowly, methodically, and deal with the pain?
People can be like Band-Aids. When dealing with estate settlement, very often these two personality types will have to intermingle, and sometimes without much success.
Try to be as amiable as possible and reach a compromise. No matter which way you look at it, it’s painful, but going through it with someone else who understands and is willing to work together as teammates somehow makes it flow easier.
© 2011 Julie Hall