I just got back from going to the dentist for the six-month cleaning.

And I went prepared. I took with me a book that I’m currently reading, about halfway through it. A Tale of Two Cities. I actually got to read a few pages while I was there. But when I started reading this book, it became a challenge. You see, I thought I spoke English. And Shakespeare can be a challenge. If you read Shakespeare, sometimes you have to read it a few times to figure out what the heck he’s saying. Well, Charles Dickens is about the same way for me in some of these paragraphs. I can get enough of it that it’s actually interesting to me and I’m enjoying it. Otherwise, I would have given up before now.

But have you ever felt like you knew something until you met someone that knew more about it? In this case, I’m reading this I’m going, “God, I know those are English words, but they’re not making a lot of sense to me. And what the heck is he trying to say?”

Sometimes different aspects of our life can be like that as well. For example, finances. If I ask you how you’re doing with your finances, you may say “I’m doing fine.” But what does that mean? Do you know how to manage your money? Do you speak that language? And sometimes we actually make things harder than they have to be. You don’t have to be a PhD in economics to be able to manage your money effectively. In fact, it’s probably a disadvantage if you have too much education because then you can’t get back down to what really matters in the world of personal finances.

So I don’t know if you’re like me or not, but if you’re reading Dickens and you having a hard time understanding it, well, I can relate with that too. But don’t give up, because you can still figure it out.