Wednesday, March 4, 2009

This is Your Time

As we watch the economy grind to a slow crawl and the casualties pile up around us, the one thing we must not do is give in to fear. Allowing ourselves the misguided luxury of wallowing in fear and self-pity has no value. Fear will only incite us to do and accept things we would not ordinarily do and accept and my even give us permission to follow someone who appears stronger even if their message is wrong for us. Fear allows us to fall prey to unscrupulous people, and in sinking into fear, we give away our power, the one thing that is our salvation.

In these difficult times, walk away from fear and grab hold of your inner wisdom and creativity. Look to yourself, rather than to others, for guidance and strength. Reflect on what you can do today, in this moment, to make the world a better place in which to live. Create opportunities for yourself and your neighbors. Even if we are not being paid for our time and efforts today, the time we give away is money invested in our world and our economy. Time spent is money spent. We must never underestimate the value of our time an ingredient for the recovery of our economy. If you have enough to eat and a roof over your head, help someone who does not. Use your time to increase the value of something, your home, your neighborhood, your community, your city, yourself. It will be time well spent.


Ginger B. (Barbara) Collins said...

Such wise advice. I vividly remember the the "reduction in force" of 1982, (when I got pink-slipped from my job)and the market crash of 1988, (when my savings vanished and visions of a retirement condo on the beach dwindled to a used trailer on a dirt road.)Each time I remembered the saying, "Within every adversity grows the seed to an equal or greater benefit."

I allow two days to wallow, then I get up and start moving . . . and thinking. No matter how bad the economy, someone out there is making and spending money. Someone out there needs goods and services you can provide. I have catered small parties, carpooled people to and from doctor appointments, walked dogs--none of them executive positions but each one keeping me up and moving and meeting people. And in every case, it was time well spent!

Dorothy Sander said...

We had the same experience in the 80's and are seasoned warriors. I feel for the people who are going through it now for the first time and quietly grateful I am not!

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