For Me As Much As You

To say we are living in challenging times is an understatement.  So here it is…’We are living in challenging times’.  The near collapse of our economy has affected most Americans, yours truly included.  However, with challenges come opportunities.  I know that sounds cliche, but it’s true.  This downturn in the economy is forcing us all to re-examine our choices.  Do we really need the gigantic house? Do we really need two cars? Do we really need to eat out at restaurants 5 or 6 nights a week? etc. Blindly living beyond our needs is foolish, and ultimately destructive to our financial welfare.  Greed and short sightedness are why the  economy is in such a horrible mess.  The problem has been inside of us…likewise the solution is inside of us.  (is this a long paragraph?) Anyways… Within the problem is it’s own solution.  We the people are not at the mercy of ANYTHING that we don’t willingly submit to.  When we submit to the financial crisis, the financial crisis wields power over us.  People hear on the news how bad things are and they stop living well.  They don’t buy cars, houses, they don’t go to the theater…they shut down.  Many times we can actually have moeny and still act as if the news determines our own well being.  This…is madness.  Now I am not suggesting foolish spending.  I am simply saying that we should not allow ourselves to be hypnotized into powerlessness. I believe that the solution to this truly bad economy is to first  realize that we are not our things.  A car or frankly the lack of...