I am re-reading The Power to Prosper: 21 Days to Financial Freedom by Michelle Singletary. http://www.michellesingletary.com/ It’s my second time. I guess it didn’t take the first time. The book uses biblical principles to help you become a better steward of your money.
One of the issues I deal with is entitlement. You might not think so. I don’t act very entitled. At least not when I’m out. At home, I can be a bit of a Princess. Ask my husband. Yesterday my husband and I were talking about me going to the salon and he told me that I deserved it. I told him that it was sweet of him to say and that I agreed with him. I totally deserve to get my hair done every week. And he deserves to have the things he wants. We are good people and we work hard.
However, just because I deserve something doesn’t mean I should have it. Unfortunately getting things has less to do with deserving and more to do with affording. Rich people don’t deserve more than us but they can afford more. I tell myself a lot that I deserve things in order to talk myself into things or justify things I’ve already bought. But when I spend more than I have, I feel worried and anxious and that doesn’t feel good. I deserve to live in peace and in order to do that I should only spend money I have, what I can afford.
That’s where entitlement can get us confused and in trouble. Of course I deserve to have things. But I am trying to not let my sense of entitlement get the better of me.