Turn Off the Faucet

I heard an interesting story this morning and I wanted to share it with you all.

Years ago, mental institutions used a simple test to see if one of their patients was ready to be released.  They had a room with a sink in it and not much more.  They would plug the drain, turn on the faucet, and allow the sink to overflow.

Then, they would ask the patient if they would enter the room with a mop and bucket to clean up the water.  What happened next was the true test.

If a patient walked into the room and turned off the running water before they began mopping, they were deemed to be ready for release.  Sadly, however, many patients would enter the room and begin mopping the floor without turning off the water.  Although they were performing the task that was asked of them, they were unable to easily identify the source of the water—the running faucet.

So many of us have financial issues that are similar to this problem.  We aren’t able to identify the source of the problem, and we find ourselves mopping floor and wondering why we aren’t getting anywhere.

Many personal finance sites will hand you a mop, but my hope is that I can help you find the faucet.

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    What an interesting story.
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  10. joellenrenee said: In church…we would call this a revelation. Nice.
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