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While Mr. Sewell gave you some good, strong financial advice, it sounds like that is not really what you wanted. Rather...it appears that you wanted to know how to handle the judgmental attitudes of your mother and sister. Am I correct?
You are right that when we are in need - whether that be financial, emotional, practical or spiritual support - we want to be listened to, validated, and offered compassion. That is not what you got when you talked to your mother and sister. Rather, what you got was negativity, put-downs, complaints and the like.
It likely took you some amount of courage and humility to approach them in the first place. And so, the unpleasant of their statements and attitude hurt even more.
I encourage you to tell your mother and sister how you felt when they rebuffed you in such a harsh manner. Here is some suggested words:
I felt hurt/angry/disappointed/sad (whatever the emotion) when I told you of our financial issue and you judged me harshly by saying I was useless with money. What I wanted to hear was not what a lazy person I am, but rather I wanted your understanding and compassion. I am willing to take responsibility for ..... (here name what it is you are willing to say about your role in the financial crisis) and I want to get better at this.
What seems to have lost in your discussion with your mother and sister is your emotional state. Being in a financial crisis feels horrible. It doesn't really matter how you got there, the fact is that you are there and need solutions.
So perhaps you could go on to say, "Right now I would appreciate your help in finding solutions. Emotionally, this is very difficult for me and I would like your assistance in thinking this out."
I certainly understand that you wanted - maybe even expected - that your mother and/or sister would help financially. But perhaps that is not something they are willing to do at this point in time. If that is the case, then what you may be able to gain from them is some practical support in brainstorming and deciding what your next steps will be....and a sense that they do care about you.
Is this better on track with the type of answer you were expecting?
I feel hurt by their attitude. Money is not important to me. When I had it I was very generous with my family. I enjoyed it because it made them happy. I am a caring person, I try to think positively and offer my support ( emotional, financial etc). What makes me sad is that the value money more than me.
My parents are farmers. They work for my brother. They grow fruit and vegetables. My brother (who is 4 years younger) takes them and sells them in the market. They have bought him a house, a van, a car and earns enought. He is also married and lives with his family in another town. That's totally unfair!!! They say that you don't show love by giving money to someone. But my example shows otherwise.
I thought that my sister was my friend and my ally but instead she encourages my mother not to help me.
This is truly a hurtful situation. And, yes, the examples you point out about your brother seem to show that there is a different standard applied to him.
You wrote, "They say that you don't show love by giving money to someone." The question then is - Then how do you show love? Do you show it by being compassionate and understanding. Do you show love by being supportive and listening when I'm asking for help.