Sometimes I like to hide.
When I need an introvert break, I hide from my kids. When I’m feeling overwhelmed by Saturday chores, I hide in my bed. When I want to ignore responsibility, I hide in my iPad. When I want to hide from a client, I hide them in my voicemail.
I had a friend who coined a term to describe this sort of thing.
She called it Avoidance Therapy.
Sometimes I hide from my debts.
Or at least, I hide them.
Deep in the recesses of this blog I hide them, I tuck them away in the middle of the file cabinet, or hide them in an online account that my only my husband can access.
A few weeks ago I told you about the time I did a 6 month spending fast, and after writing that post I remembered another part of the story. While I was so focused on saving for my goal, by happenstance my income went up at the same time.
Bonus after bonus came in as if I was hardly trying. I used to sit at my desk and tally it all up on a post-it note, giddy at the thought of earning more, and it came so easily.
Maybe it was luck. Maybe it was being at the right place at the right time. Maybe it was fate. But maybe it was focus.
Whatever it was, hiding from my goals isn’t the answer.
So in 2012, my debts shall hide no more.
I may put them in funny hats, but I won’t hide from them.
Though they may sting to look at, though they may be embarrassing, though conquering them may feel like scaling a tall wall, though it may take many years, though it may seem illogical to care about paying them off, I will not hide from them.
They are my new focus.
What are you NOT hiding from next year?