I mean, really, what else is there to even say?
For many people, things have been tight
for an impossibly long time.
For some people, things have been getting tighter.
For a lucky few, things are just beginning to feel tight.
No matter what category you are in,
there is no denying that these are scary times.
Very scary times, indeed.
But, in order to conquer the fear and doubt
and possible rising panic,
I think it is prudent, no, necessary
to find the silver lining in the storm.
For our family, this past year has been about cutting back.
Scaling back the mountains of wants,
and "I deserves"
and "but we have always.."
to distill that which is necessary
and then that which we can try to give.
What can we save and then what is left over,
which can be for wants.
Interestingly, I find myself more and more
seeing this forced perspective as a sort of blessing.
We have opened our eyes to what was frivolous in our lives
and discovered the frivolity doesn't need to have a high price tag.
Our kids have learned to appreciate more
and ask for less.
Living in the area we live in,
in the COUNTY we live in,
these are very important lessons.
Lessons I worry we might have neglected to teach
had the sinking economy not forced our hand.
How has the changing economy affected you and your family?
What lessons or silver linings have you been able to find?