Well, to all of my readers, I have missed writing here in the last week. I just completed my finals, for the final time at Bryant & Stratton. I have achieved my goal and graduated with an Associates of Applied Science in Security Technology. I must say it has been a long road and I am glad to be here. However, I find the here I arrived in different every morning it seems.
This might sound crazy, but I miss school. I was a big fish in a small pond. Now I have been plucked from my comfort zone and placed into the ocean. The prospects are not as rich as I would like but I will survive. Like many of you out there the economic situation we all face, as a nation, will leave us less willing or able to whip out our wallets in a carefree manner.
I do not seek to make a political appeal in this forum. I could, but I seek to think through the underlying issues and try to write about how the macroeconomic climate has found its way into our daily mindset. It is as though the common greeting to a stranger is less about the weather and more about the state of the economy. Fiscal troubles at home are no longer secrets kept solely around the kitchen table. They are spoken of, with people in all walks of life. If there is a silver lining to the times we find ourselves in, it's the willingness to offer aid to friends, family, and even complete strangers.
My refuge in these trying times is to take time from my day, to simply help someone. I get the most relief by, offering to do something of value for someone else. Have friends over for dinner who might not be having the best luck now. Or, offering to help fix something if you have the know how. Calling someone who is not expecting your call just to say "I have been thinking about you and hope you are well." If you get caught up in the daily media machine to the exclusion of everything else, you might miss the kindness revolution sweeping America.
The way I see it, if you can save your friends and family money they might have more to spend. As they spend more and help others they too will have more to spend. To think back to that shampoo commercial in the 80's "I told two friends, and they told two friends, and so on, and so on." To give of ones self with no expectation of reward is the silver lining. This might not solve our troubles but it will make us all feel better, to be sure. People have written since the earliest days about the human condition. I too have that passion, and hope you take from this a belief that yes that makes sense.
Once our nation is finished shedding our excesses we will all feel normal once again. Contractions in child birth and economics are painful but the results will be worth the pain. In the meantime, help who you can where you can and we will lift ourselves up and out of the funk we are in.
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