When reading all of the opinions expressed about our economy, the purported challenges are formidable…if not down right depressing. This morning alone I have read such phrases as “most of us are worse off than three years ago”,” …we are in for another year of tough times” and “the Great Depression is still coming home to roost…”. Sure, there are rays of hope, but they are few and far between.
The question that immediately comes to mind is “What can I do about it?” Certainly my vote counted forsomething this year. After all, wasn’t there a great upset? I wish I had great faith that our government “gets it”, but I am not optimistic. History has proved otherwise. I can certainly donate my time and what little bit of money I can spare (which isn’t much, unfortunately). What else?
I have often wondered what would happen if our economy completely failed. We are still here. Our families are still here. Buildings and land is still here. Are we going to struggle? Absolutely. Is it going to get more depressing? No doubt. Are we going to die? I doubt it.
So, what do we do about this economy? I, for one, am just going to keep on keeping on. I can’t hold up the sky. It is just too far away and intangible. What I can do is enjoy my day-to-day life. I will hug my grandchildren and shock my husband by cooking dinner more often. I will give my dogs their daily quota of “cookies” and enjoy their adoration. I will work all I can to support my family. I will sculpt, walk, play sudoku and chat with my neighbors. I will just keep living…the alternative isn’t an option.