On my flight home a couple weeks ago, I had the unpleasant experience of sitting close to three under-5 children. They were travelling with their father, who had a reprehensible parental attitude towards his children. Needless to say, I was the one who said something to the kids (twice) to get them quiet (the father didn't say boo to me either time, and actually looked surprised the first time). While I think his behavior was extremely rude, inconsiderate and tacky, I realized that the father was doing exactly what so many people do with their finances: ignore and endure.
On the flipside of all this, I've started to realize that my spending habits are definitely different [since I started my debt eradication plan] and that I'm not so wanton with my spending. I really do think my mind has absorbed the Buy Quality and Don't Buy in Excess that I've been striving for this last year or so. When I was on vacation, I did see a pair of shoes very similar to what I want, but they were horrible quality. In the past, I may have easily bought them as a stopgap until I found what I wanted. Now, I just sighed at finding what I wanted but with supremely bad materials and workmanship, and moved along.
In the end, I've realized that I no longer ignore and endure, and I'm pleased with that.