In the current economy, there are three types of wallets: those that are okay, those that are hurting, and those in despair. Even the wealthiest people I know right now aren’t wiping with c-notes anymore and some people that used to be in great shape are no longer going out to dinner. Recently, Linsey wrote here about the impermanence of any situation, especially wealth and today, Forbes released a list of the 10 cities most poorly poised for an economic recovery.
Below is a video of a Coldplay song and if you close your eyes and listen, imagine the faces of the newly homeless, of those selling their worldly possessions just to pay the electricity so their children don’t suffocate in the heat, imagine the areas of your hometown deteriorating as homes are boarded up, imagine someone a year before retirement walking into work to their desk packed up and a pink slip, imagine spouses divorcing because of the undue stress of finances, picture someone coming out of their office after work and their car being towed away and repossessed, imagine dogs becoming strays because owners can no longer afford to pay for their care and people resorting to crimes to feed their children.
We can do this
Our country is hurting right now and while it can’t compare to the desolation of third world nations abroad, it doesn’t mean our family, friends and even people reading and writing here aren’t hurting or crying as they sleep for a few hours before heading to their new second job. If you’re in the first category of “okay,” please take time to reach out to those in despair- we don’t need the government to do it for us, we can make it through this together.