A little excerpt from one of my favorite children’s books made me think quite a bit about our debt payoff journey the other day. Author Arnold Lobel wrote a terrific series of children’s books called “Frog and Toad”. Frog and Toad are best friends who go on all sorts of interesting adventures together. Here is a little edited snippet from one of my favorite Frog and Toad stories, called “Dragons and Giants”:
“I wonder if we are brave,” said Frog. Frog and Toad looked into a mirror.
“We look brave,” said Frog.
“Yes, but are we?” asked Toad.
Frog and Toad went outside. They came to a dark cave. A big snake came out of the cave.
“Hello, lunch,” said the snake when he saw Frog and Toad. He opened his wide mouth. Frog and Toad jumped away.
Toad was shaking. “I am not afraid!” he cried.
They climbed a mountain and heard a loud noise. Many large stones were rolling down. “It’s an avalanche!” cried Toad. Frog and Toad jumped away. Frog was trembling.
I am not afraid!” Frog shouted.
They came to the top of the mountain. The shadow of a hawk fell over them. Frog and Toad jumped under a rock and the hawk flew away.
“We are not afraid!” screamed Frog and Toad at the same time. Then they ran down the mountain very fast. They ran all the way to Toad’s house.
“Frog, I am glad to have a brave friend like you,” said Toad. He jumped into the bed and pulled the covers over his head.
“And I am happy to know a brave person like you, Toad,” said Frog. He jumped into the closet and shut the door.
Toad stayed in the bed, and Frog stayed in the closet. They stayed there for a long time, just feeling very brave together.
Rick and I feel like this often on our debt payoff journey. It seems like for every dollar we pay off, another expense comes, working to destroy our efforts, and often we just want to hide under the covers until it all goes away. You might feel that way too, and that’s okay. What’s important is that you keep facing those debt dragons and giants, and keep working to destroy them until they’re gone for good. Don’t give up, even if you have to spend a few days hiding under the covers, pretending to be brave. 🙂