One of the things I was taught in the military was the ability to compartmentalize and not show any emotions. Of course, anger and frustration are fine but you don’t want to show any weakness or anything like that. What I find interesting as I grow up in life, is that thing you call the “gut check”. How does something feel?
That’s one of the things that I find very important when it comes to your money. You want to have that good positive gut check. You want to be able to understand how your money is being managed. You want to know that you’re going to be okay and that your family is going to be okay.
So I think it’s really interesting that as we go through life and get older, we start to give ourselves permission to be a little more vulnerable or understand that it’s okay to want to feel good about things.
I actually like the idea that we’re all here to be happy and money is just one of those things that can help support that. But money itself is not happiness, but it’s the experiences it allows us to have and being able to take care of our families.
What are your thoughts on compartmentalization vs. feeling good?