There seems to be a lot of talk about the country now going from a recession to an actual depression. Harry Truman wrote…. “It’s a recession when your neighbor loses his job and it’s a depression when you lose your own.” Perhaps the recession has effected some of you? It hard to believe there is anybody it hasn’t touched. I am sure there are many folks that are reordering their priorities in life. It is very easy to surrender to an emotional depression when a financial one occurs. I guess this would be a good time to learn to become an optimist! Optimism is an acquired habit that we can all learn. In a book I read called Simple Abundance, by Sarah Van Breathnach, she writes:
Start today with a little experiment. Smile at everyone you meet. Today expect something good to happen to you no matter what occurred yesterday. Realize the past no longer holds you captive. It can only continue to hurt you if you hold on to it. Let the past go. A simply abundant world awaits.
I guess over the past few years I have come to realize that my net worth is not measured by my checkbook. Oh sure, I still, from time to time, think I should be out purchasing items of my hearts desire, to make my life happy and more fulfilling. Then I come to my senses and realize I have just about everything I need. That is usually followed by a mental gratitude list. I remember that I have a wonderful husband that I love very much and whom loves me. I have two healthy loving children. I have a nice home (small but comfy) that is warm and it has all the things I love in it. Two of those things, are my animals, who seek out my love and attention every day. I have food in my cupboard and money in my wallet….not a lot but just enough. I have many good friends and family members that I can call on anytime of day. I also have my health right now. What else could I ask for? If any of those things I have listed should change, I know that my higher power will see me through it.
So…..bring on the recession?….depression?….which ever it turns out to be because over here on the blueberry plains we remain optimistic….one day at a time.:)