Friday, January 9, 2009

Recession or Depression?

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.:)


The cottage by the Cranelake said...

I think I had my recession when I had to close my gardencenter. I realised then that it doesn´t help to worry. Things wount get any better by worrying. At least one sleeps beter if not worrying :-)

Now when companies are falling one by one I can se the stress in peoples eyes, but I´m not worried myself. I know that things going to be ok again. A good thing is that I never have had the chanse to get used to luxury, so I can´t miss it :-)

Anonymous said...

You don't give the impression of one in recession or being affected by depression so reading your writing was quite exciting and surely delighting.And I ain't even a poet.

Anonymous said...

... GT would applaud your attitude, dear Blueberry lady! Yes, and yours, too, Christer!
Today has been a leisure few hours at my computer - my, how time passes quickly. I read my mail, responded, read my favorite blogs; yours, Woody's and Christer's and I checked out Bob's but as I understand it, he's only going to write periodically as his spare time is already quite absorbed with other commitments. And, I spent time doing research than checking that out for accuracy(history). The stack of unsorted-out papers on the coffee table is now gone! Yes! Finally placed in proper files in my filing cabinet and in my hard-copy journals in the bookcases. Sounds rather organized and professional, doesn't it?
Woody, opposite me, moreso back to back, has been sharing news tidbits with me that he's come across on his computer. We've closed the door and it's now warm and cozy so we don't have to raise the thermometer which we like to keep at 66/68 at most and turn it down before bedtime.
We are comfortable. Have a cardboard and refrigerator full of food. Bills are paid so owe no-one. Gas in our vehical. We have milk, tea, cocoa, coffee. soda and juice. Nice pot of hardy soup simmering on the stove. Homemade bread. Overweight but not ill (Thanks to God). We have a loving family closeby. Our life is full.Yes, we, too, Blueberry Lady, are grateful and fear no hardship as we have faith and are tough-old-birds!
Well now, I think I'm extremely fortunate!

Anonymous said...

Your dog, Obie, is so cute!

Anonymous said...

Note: Yes, Blueberry Lady, thank you. I am feeling better. But I can't help but wonder how come? The other night, in gross discomfort, I took two 'disposal' pills followed by Woody's suggestion to also drink Olive oil which I did - at least two tablespoons, not too awfully bad. By then, Woody is on the computer and comes up with another tip: 4 ounces of plain cooking oil and honey in equal potions, warmed. Down the hatch that went. Now that was a Purple-Heart'er. All this within a three hour period. Oh, yes - 3 glasses of hot water during that time, too. Now Im not feeling that great. In fact, I even think of going to Emergency at the nearest hospital. I mean, both ends are desperately struggling to initiate something drastic to happen and I'm fearing the worse. I look in the mirror ... Oh, oh, I don't look good. I take two Somethacone tablets. Should I say the 'Act of Contrition'?
"Woody, are these concoctions going to work?"
"They're bound to."
"Bound to? What about the two pills I took before being immerged in oil and honey?"
"Don't think about it."
Yeah, right.
Finally ... Finally ... With out a moment to spare, Mt. Vesuvius erupted. And erupted!
I should be feeling better but I'm not. You see, I can't believe that this happened and that I ingested all that sludge!
... I don't think I'll ever be right again.
Your Grape Lady ...

Anonymous said...

Another note:
Great picture of you! Captures the real Debbie - warm, loving, spiritual, talented and fun-loving and one heck of a blogger and needle-crafter!

Is there a real Alice? Is the plump devotee of 'in-your-face' colors and boldness really an existing particle of life? A pulsating arterial mass of human wiring? A gadfly? A shadow? A cat. A bouy just abit off the harbor? ...
Ask Descarte. He'll say, "I think therefore, I am".

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