“The test of the machine is the satisfaction it gives you. There isn't any other test. If the machine produces tranquility it's right. If it disturbs you it's wrong... until either the machine or your mind is changed.” -Robert M. Pirsig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
"Carefully kept accounts are a sine qua non for any organization. Without them it falls into disrepute. Without properly kept accounts it is impossible to maintain truth in its pristine purity" - Mohandas K. Gandhi, The Story of My Experiments with Truth
Your business should feel empowering. The numbers are one diagnostic of the organic machine called a business. Understanding what those numbers say is like understanding the machinery that propels your bus down the road, or the software that produces your music. When you are in tune with the numbers you can hear the story that they tell, the picture they paint, and the song they sing. You can see and hear when a part of your business machinery is broken or needs to be fixed. With this awareness comes confidence and trust in yourself and your path. This is peace of mind, this is empowering.