Don’t Punish Yourself Every Time You Spend

The New York Times:

My daughter made the cross-country team, and she needed new running shoes. Have you shopped for new trail-running shoes recently? They’re so expensive that it hurt! I was telling someone I know about the experience and said I hoped buying something like shoes never stopped being painful, because I never want to get casual about spending that kind of money.

She surprised me by asking this: What good does it do for it to be painful? How did that help?

That’s a really good question. I was going to buy the shoes for my daughter anyway. I’m excited she is running cross country. In fact, that is exactly the sort of thing our family wants to spend money on, and it fits in our budget. So why make it painful?

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