Social Psychologist & Personal Advisor
Below is Dr Matt's Answer
My name is Natalie. I am 18 years old. I live in Cincinnati. I am engaged.
If I take BOTH jobs (which are different shifts) I could finally pay all my bills and not file bankruptcy. My fiance and I are not making enough money right now to pay all of our bills. It has been so rough living on my own, that I have been diagnosed with depression.
I have been wanting to quit school for a while and work a full time job to save up some money. I really do think that I will go back to college, I am a very determined person when I set my mind to something. I think that taking both jobs would be for my best interest, yet I don't want people to think of me as a quitter.
Recovering the True You means embracing a "no excuses" approach to Life, a perspective that sees bad behavior as . . . bad behavior. While there will always be a context within which our choices are explained and understood, there is never an excuse that turns bad behavior . . . into good behavior. Although our contemporary culture often argues otherwise, there are never any exceptional alibis or rationalizations that make bad behavior . . . un-bad.
Excuse-making is the opposite of Owning, and Owning your “bad” IS a good way to begin a better life! But to own your “bad,” you’ll need to push aside the popular voice that persuades popular ways—“everybody’s doing it”—and instead, listen to the quiet whisperings of your heart.
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Living an honest life leads to happiness. Living honestly means keeping your word and your commitments. When we fail to live honorably, we become depressed.
You have a feeling within yourself that paying your debts would be a good thing to do. It is! Just turn the tables for a moment, and imagine that YOU are the one who has loaned someone money: Do you expect promises to be kept, and money to be repaid? What if the person you loaned money to "legally" avoided responsibility by filing for bankruptcy?
Declaring bankruptcy is a "legal" way of NOT keeping your word; it is a "legal" way of avoiding repayment to those from whom you have borrowed. The legality and formality of it, does not make it right--it just makes it legal.
You can likely think of some "legal" outcomes that were NOT also "moral" outcomes--injustice can ironically be enabled by our justice system.
It would be very good for you to work hard to pay back all your debts; as you take responsibility for your debts, you will live with honor and the connected consequence of happiness will be your prize. Taking on two jobs will help you do this more quickly.
Which of these 2 jobs conflicts with your current classroom schedule? Holding down two jobs and going to school may be impossible logistically? You may have to choose which ones you will follow through with for NOW.
Is it possible, or feasible, to finish this school semester and then put your schooling on hold thereafter, to work two jobs, to pay off debts?
Whatever option you choose, because your Creator loves you, . . . you can seek His guidance on this matter. As you ask of Him, you will feel within your heart what is right to do; that you might live with honor and integrity, and thereby, your feelings of depression will disappear like frost before the rising Sun.
Matt Moody, Ph.D.
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