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Drinking the Kool-Aid

A while back, I had that moment when I realized I was a part of the newspaper newsroom.  It was when my brain suddenly started thinking in terms of “inches” rather than “word count” (inches are how we measure the length of a story).

I’ve heard people talk about this with foreign languages – suddenly they’re thinking in French, rather than hearing French and internally translating to English.  They know they’ve really drunk the Kool-Aid when they start dreaming in French.

When my mind switched from word count to inches, I knew that I’d drunk the newspaper Kool-Aid.

Today I discovered another mind switch.  I was listening to Vermont Public Radio during their fund drive – yes, I’m one of those people who actually keeps listening during the fund drive pleas.

As they were rattling off different amounts that you can pledge, I discovered that my old conversation (“I’d really like to pledge but I don’t have enough money”) had been replaced with the new conversation: “When I pay off my debt, I can….”

Which was when I realized – I was thinking in terms of my budget!  It wasn’t just that I’d like to contribute, but rather: how much would I have to put aside in my budget each week in order to make the various levels of pledge?

I’ve drunk the budget Kool-Aid!  It’s now a part of how I think about my life, my plans, and my money.  How much do I have to put aside each week in order to make “x” happen?

And you know what?  It feels GOOOOOOOOD!!!!!  :-)

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Image found here – amusingly, it’s on a site about pledging to Public Radio!  :-)

About the author

Leah Carey

Leah Carey is the Chief Miracle Officer of The Miracle Journal, where she writes about the large and small miracles that happen in her life every day. She is a life coach, speaker, journalist, freelance writer, and lover of life. In all of those pursuits, she works with people to identify what’s already right in your life so you can build an even more joyful and fulfilling daily experience from that foundation. You can find her on Facebook, , Twitter, and YouTube.

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