If you’re one of the 3% of people not worrying about money during these stressful economic times, then – and I’m sorry to tell you this – you’re probably about to get divorced or have surgery in a place you don’t want anyone to know about….
And I’m an optimist.
The news is so tiring too - ‘deficit – scandals – Obama – Republicans – Democrats – dog name tattoos.’ Blah, blah, blah. I wouldn’t pay a wooden nickel for most news these days – and I’m a writer!
I don’t know about you, but I’d care more about the deficit if every good, honest American who wanted a job was employed or about to be. Right now the budget arguments can stay out of my newspapers. Bring it up again in a year or two when things are more stable! If our American people were taken care of first, then it’d be time to balance the budget.
Side rant: And yes, I’m serious. I know how important the budget is – but it is not the time to tax Americans more (which is the only way that politicians know HOW to balance the budget). It’s the same thing that’s always bugged me about our country giving money to other countries without taking care of our own first. Should we help and give money? Yes – we definitely should. But if you’re going to donate $2billion to another country for food – put aside another $2b to help your own countrymen! Yeesh.
And while the latest scandals are fun to read about – I don’t think that most of us can really relate to the things that are going on. Who cares about Wiener-gate (or insert whatever scandal here) when you are worrying about your mortgage payments and putting food on the table?
Naughty pictures? Whatever! (Unless you’re lucky enough to $$own$$ them – am I right?). Jennifer Aniston’s tattoo? Ok, that one was kinda strangely cool.
So, what do we, as Americans do when push comes to shove? What do most people do? When life is looking so impossible, and so unbearable, that a rosy future seems so unlikely as to be ludicrous? I know so many people in this mental spot right now, and I have no idea how to help.
The best advice I’ve offered lately? “Just don’t jump off any ledges, ok?”
Followed by, “Can I offer you some ice cream?”
I must say though, that it’s times like these that really test our resiliency and resourcefulness. So, when push comes to shove, maybe the only thing we can do – is push back. Hard!
Become creative, be resourceful – challenge yourself like you’ve never done it before. You’ve done it before and you can do it again.
That’s what my plan is – just to push right on back.
Oh… and you should run.
Maybe you’ll find out you’ve been running towards success all along.
All best to you,