(During March, I am blogging daily as a part of the Slice of Life Story Challenge!)
When tax time hits every year, I yell loudly that I will change my spending habits NOW. And yet I recognize that with 25% of the year gone before submitting my taxes that would REALLY require about 200% effort.
How do I turn challenges to Turning Points (courtesy of Anna Gratz Cockerille) in my story of life? Do I want to change?
Is the pain great enough?
Let’s review turning points (a la Lucy Calkins, Units of Study, TCRWP as quoted by Anna Gratz Cockerille 3/11/14 TwoWritingTeachers.wordpress.com):
- “Times they learn something new
- Times they change their routine or way of doing things
- Times someone close to them (or they themselves) act out of character
- Times they try something for the first time
- Times they do something for the last time (last piano lesson, last page of a great book)”
So a turning point in my life to avoid the “pain I feel at tax time” could be attributed to the second bullet “…change their routine or way of doing things.” If I want the result to be something different, then I must change my behavior. (I think I hear an echo in my head!)
I have had a second, summer job for 30 years. (No summers off for me!) That “job” has always paid for my “book habit” and yes, I need a 12 step program to curb my work-related spending. At tax time, I go on a rant and declare, “This year will be different.”
By the end of April, you may hear a whimper as I visit a bookstore and collect a stack of books. I will mentally review the total and put at least three books back on the shelf. Or it may be that app that I want to try that will “organize me!” But by July, all thoughts of my “declaration” are out the window as I explore the school supplies on sale in every store!