Death is 100% certain and causes huge impacts on loved ones. Having to come up with money for a burial, or conflicting opinions among family members do not need to be one of those burdens.
We are told that approximately 45% of Americans make a new year’s resolution each year. The majority, of course, include losing weight, exercising, being financially responsible, better at relationships, etc. etc. We have all heard these (and possibly made them). Many articles and books have been written on the psyche behind keeping these resolutions… because only 8% succeed. But let’s be fair: Not all resolutions require the same effort or do their success/failure have the same implications! If we did not consider a resolution that implied our body’s improvement, perhaps some of our “most valuable and lasting resolutions” would include [...]
Certain conversations are not easy; they may be tense, awkward, and even reveal a vulnerability or weak point. But feeling uncomfortable could be positive if it leads to a good action. Most of us would rather enjoy life and only tease about death. We don’t want serious conversations, especially as we get older and our health may become compromised. These conversations are difficult because they make everything too real. Ugly. Awkward. Unfortunately, too few realize how dangerous this is. What’s the solution? Leave the decisions and financial burdens to others…? Have family members fight over what they think our wishes [...]
Some conversations are difficult to start The tough conversations none of us want to have.... How do we work out problems? Do we talk to our loved ones about what troubles us, or does fear and awkwardness make it so we can’t even put the tough subjects into words? We know how George would handle it... He would put off the responsibilities and do nothing. And he’d pile on extra problems that could have been avoided, making it harder for himself and his family... Oh George! It’s too late now to buy insurance. You’re supposed to plan for these things [...]
When Rainy Season Hits Before Planned George works hard and provides well for his family. He even walks the dog twice a week and cleared the rain gutters after Christmas. The roof? Yeah… last year there were a couple of yellow spots in the ceiling but they probably readjusted by now. Except that they didn’t. George waited too long and had to face the unavoidable. Now there are even rain spots on a table and the yellow spot is bigger. Has something like that ever happen to you? Has putting something off become a bigger issue than it could have [...]
Failure to plan has consequences