In the book Your Money or Your Life: 9 Steps to Transforming Your Relationship with Money and Achieving Financial Independence, Vicki Robin tells the story of a young girl who sets out to learn from his mother how to prepare and cook a ham.
In the story, the young girl watches her mother prepare the ham for baking, and at one point she asks, “Mom, why did you cut off both ends of the ham?”
“Well, because my mother always did,” says the mother.
“I don’t know – let’s go ask Grandma.”
So they go to Grandma’s and ask her, “Grandma, when you prepared the ham for baking, you always cut off both ends. Why did you do that?”
“My mother always did it,” says Grandma.
“I don’t know – let’s go ask Great-grandma.”
So off they go to Great-grandma’s.
“Great-grandma, when you prepared the ham for baking, you always cut off both ends. Why did you do that?”
“Well,” says the Great-grandma, “the pan was too small.”
Like author Robin says, outmoded habits, thinking-patterns, limiting beliefs, and fears pass down from generation to generation even though the original circumstances from which those habits, beliefs, and fears are rooted in have already changed.
Your Writing Prompt:
Today, write about a habit, thinking pattern, or belief you’ve inherited from your parents or grandparents about money or something else. Does it support you or limit you? How does it affect your life as a writer? If the latter is true, how would your life be without it?
Set your timer to ten minutes and write without stopping or judging what emerges. And when you finish writing, come back here and post your piece in the comments. I’d love to read it!
“The garden of the world has no limits, except in your mind.”