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It's difficult to maintain a positive perspective in these troubling
economic times. People are frustrated, despondent, even angry. But I
have learned over the years, that no matter what disaster I may be
faced with, there is always someone in worse shape than I am, such as a
starving, uneducated third-world child who doesn't have a roof over his
head, or his father who earns pennies a day to support his family. So,
we should actually count the blessings we have got as opposed to
banging our heads against the wall.
If you've got a job, thank your lucky stars you do, and renew your
effort to make your company as successful as possible. Now is the time
for cooperation as opposed to petty competition, teamwork as opposed to
individualism. And by all means, take nothing for granted. Otherwise
you might be the next one in the unemployment line.
If you are unemployed, be grateful we have unemployment programs to
lend you a helping hand. But remember, there is no honor in becoming a
ward of the state. Sharpen your skills, change with the times, and
hustle for the next job.
If you are married, be thankful you are not going through a costly
divorce now (which is horrible timing for doing so). Perhaps it is time
to renew your devotion to your spouse and improve your family
If you have any savings, remind yourself there are many others out
there without a safety net. Now is the time to wisely invest your
money. It's hard to say who to trust in this regard, but perhaps a loan
to a family member or neighbor who needs a helping hand is in order.
If you have a good credit record, consider the millions who do not. Try
to keep your record as clean as possible, you will undoubtedly need it
If you have some free time to participate in nonprofit organizations,
consider yourself lucky, but remember, such groups will probably need
more support as people's obligations are shifting and their
If there is a silver lining in our current economic recession, I
believe it is we will emerge from this mess stronger, more resilient,
and hopefully smarter. Now is the time to stop whining and start
believing in ourselves. The government is not going to solve all of our
problems, nor is it their job to do so. To paraphrase Winston
Churchill, "Nothing can save us if we will not save ourselves. If we
lose faith in ourselves, in our capacity to guide and govern, if we
lose our will to live, then indeed our story is told."
I admonish you not to despair; but to stay positive instead, to stay
connected, to stay tuned in to what is going on, and become more
proactive as opposed to reactive in our future. Just remember, the
glass is half full, not half empty. Positive thinking is just as
contagious as negative thinking, maybe more so. As we said back in the
1970's, "Keep on truckin'."
Such is my Pet Peeve of the Week.
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About the Author
Tim Bryce is the Managing Director of M.
Bryce & Associates (MBA) of Palm Harbor, Florida and
has over 30 years of experience in the management consulting field. He
can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Copyright © 2009 by Tim Bryce. All rights reserved.
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Article Published/Sorted/Amended on Scopulus 2009-04-10 23:31:46 in Personal Articles