I’m working on financials, going through baskets full of papers and letters and statements, separating them and attempting to bring order. Unfortunately, at the moment the dining room table is covered with stacks that spill over into other stacks. Someday, I’m going to go through all those piles again–someday.
Which brings up the subject of how often I believe the illogical. Case in point: I don’t trust banks. Although I consider myself an intelligent woman, usually, I have a deep distrust of financial institutions. I’d rather hide our money under the mattress than invest it. If I lived in a house with a yard, I’d probably dig a hole and bury a box filled with bills. However, I don’t believe the manager of our apartment complex would appreciate my excavating in the tiny strip of grass between the apartment and the parking lot.
I have no idea why I feel this way. I’ve read about the Depression but I also know bills were passed to assure this wouldn’t happen again. Sadly, I also know these bills have been weakened down in the last few years–but even before the crash of Wall Street, I didn’t like financial institutions. When the junk bond failures hit or Wall Street ruined the economy, I’d say to George, “See, I told you. You can’t trust banks.” Perhaps it was the movie It’s a Wonderful Life which I saw when I was very young. Whatever the reason, I’ve been thinking about buying a shovel recently.
But my lack of logic is refuted by people who know stuff, who know much more than I. Because of that, I know it is safer to keep money in a bank than under my bed so I do that. I know airplanes can fly because I’ve made numerous trips, clenching my fists and biting my lip but I do. When faced with the thought of driving for three days of flying to my destination in a few hours, I choose the plane because it’s faster. I also read the statistics that it’s safer.
Do you share these illogical beliefs or do you have others? Please share–it makes me feel so much better to know I’m not the only one.