The photo of my burning credit cards is symbolic on several levels.

I burned them after I received my Chapter 7 debt discharge letter, which finalized the death of my old credit lines.  The cards were completely useless.  It was time for them to go. 

Burning my cards symbolically cleansed my irresponsible financial habits and started a new life of living within my means.

It is symbolic of our culture of easy credit and instant financial gratification going up in flames. 

What rises from the ashes will be up to us.