We’re creatures of habit, and that applies to our reading habits as well.
When was the last time you consciously chose to read a new author, someone you haven’t read before?
You’ve probably come across that statement, rightly or wrongly attributed to Einstein, reminding you that if you keep doing the same thing you’ll get the same results, or words to that effect. Applies to ideas and beliefs, too.
If you keep reading books by the same authors, how do you expect to have your ideas or beliefs challenged?
Most of us are caught up in thought bubbles where ‘birds of a feather have flocked together.’
If you want to experience how someone else treats your favorite subject or type of story, try a new author. In fact, try an Indie Author, whose work hasn’t been filtered by some corporate publishing watchdog.
A little self-indulgent shopping can’t be bad for you, can it?
We’ve all bought ourselves a little something to distract ourselves from the reality of our lives. That’s one of the benefits of living in a consumer society where there’s stuff to buy and easy access to credit.
My weakness is stationery. There is something about paper and pens I find irresistible. The upside of my self-indulgence is I always have a pen and something to write on. The downside is some of those stationery items can be expensive. Fortunately, I do not turn to retail therapy very often.
But, if your self-indulgent shopping involves fashion accessories or clothes, your retail therapy sessions may cost you a lot more than mine.
It’s a sad fact that turning to retail therapy, instead of dealing with life issues, often leads to serious financial distress, especially when that self-indulgent spending generates credit card debt.
If you’re looking at your credit card statement and wondering how things got to this, you might find Everyday Money Managementa useful addition to your library.